Category: RSD10

November 2-6, 2021


TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands

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November 2-6, 2021


TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands

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Playing with Tensions: Embracing complexity, collaboration and contexts in systemic design

10th Annual RSD Symposium

Complex systems do not lend themselves to simplification. Systemic designers have no choice but to embrace complexity, and in doing so, embrace tensions. RSD10 will explore design and systems thinking as mediators. Our human tendency is to relieve tension, and in design, to resolve “pain points”. But tensions reveal the paradoxes as sites of connection, breaks in scale, the emergence of complexity.

Hybrid Event

RSD10 is hosted by Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. The symposium offers a platform for discussing ongoing work with peers and presents the state-of-the-art in the systemic design field.

The fate of all complex adapting systems in the biosphere – from single cells to economies – is to evolve to a natural state between order and chaos, a grand compromise between structure and surprise.

– Stuart Kauffman, At Home in the Universe


The new SDA Journal

The SDA Journal will launch with two semi-annual issues per year, and we hope to start the first issue with a small number of quality articles to be published by the end of 2021.

Cumulus partnership to advance systemic design

SDA and Cumulus have set out on a five-year partnership to advance awareness and practice of systemic design. The partnership announcement is an opportunity to spotlight Cumulus and some of our partners in the Cumulus network.

Beyond Net Zero Guide

The British Design Association recognises systemic design as the next most important step in addressing the most pressing problems of our times.

Formademisk Special Double Issue

RSD Special Issue. SDA members Marie Davidova and Ben Sweeting, with Birger Sevaldson, co-edited two special issues of Form Akademisk with 10 papers developed from the proceedings of RSD6 and RSD7.


A project of

Systemic Design Association

Nov 2-6, 2021

2021 Host



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