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


RSD10: What you need to know

The RSD10 program represents 119 new contributions to systemic design, presented as keynote speeches, dialogues, practice case studies, gigamaps, and long and short papers. RSD10 represents the most extensive symposium program to date and a fitting tribute to Birger Sevaldson’s vision for an interdiscipline to join systems thinking to design methodology manifest in 2011’s RSD1.

RSD10 Partner and Venue: TU Delft

TU Delft is the largest and oldest technical universities in the Netherlands. Industrieel Ontwerpen, the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering is one of the world’s leading design schools. The On-campus program takes place at TU Delft in the City of Delft.

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.


A project of

Systemic Design Association

Nov 2-6, 2021

2021 Host



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