Category: RSD11 Programme
Possibilities and Practices of Systemic Design
11th Annual RSD Symposium
As designers look to address systemic challenges, they must wrestle with tensions and conflicting requirements within their practices and the situations they seek to change. Systemic questions cannot be approached one at a time in isolation. Yet, it is inevitable that design is partial in its engagements – to address everything is implausible or uncritical to implicit boundary judgements and the privileges of dominant perspectives. Unpredictable interdependencies require a cautious approach, yet incremental strategies risk entrenching underlying errors and injustices by making the status quo more palatable. Profound, long-term changes are needed, but the urgency of the present also demands immediately achievable actions.
In-person & online
RSD11 is a four-day symposium, available in-person and online. The core programme is October 13-16, with pre-symposium workshops, events, and the Systemic Design Association’s general assembly on October 12. #NewMacy will also run a dedicated track at RSD11. The focus is “ontogenesis,” developing new ways of becoming. #NewMacy sets ontogenetic resilience as the framing intention — and cybernetics as key.
RSDX precedes the symposium, October 3-9, as an online programme of panels and workshops that explore systemic design directions and offer opportunities to apply methods in a systemic design context. RSD11 participants can register for RSDX sessions at no additional cost.
BRIGHTON’S SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING IS BASED AT THE MOULSECOOMB CAMPUS.
RSD11 and #NewMacy present a track dedicated to catalyzing conversations for action across disciplines, geographies, and generations through systemic principles, processes, and communities. #NewMacy creates conditions for enacting productive responses among individuals and communities that bring about change in the near term while planning for and committing to the timespan required to effect lasting change. The current focus is a new framing for “ontogenesis,” specifically that of developing new ways of becoming. To survive in a changing world, we must embrace resilience in lieu of security, interpreted as constancy. Hence, #NewMacy substitutes ontogenetic resilience as the framing intention — and Cybernetics as key. All #NewMacy sessions.
OCTOBER 12 | UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON, MOULSECOOMB CAMPUS
OCTOBER 13 & 14 | IRONWORKS STUDIOS
OCTOBER 15 & 16 | UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON, CITY CAMPUS
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Proceedings in production
OCT 15. National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India special programme.
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Seven specific focus areas have been developed as provocations for critical reflection, new topics, and different directions.
Designers must navigate between the need for immediate action and maintaining long-term change. Yet, it is difficult to think of the temporality of design beyond the consideration of years or decades.
In this focus, RSD11 is interested in contributions exploring: circular design, regenerative design, distributed design, and, more broadly, ways that designers of things act to shape the nature and legibility of economic, bureaucratic, ecological and cultural systems.
Now that the architecture discipline seems to be arriving at a period of digital sobriety in its modes of practice and generative methods, critical perspectives are needed.
A growing group of scholars and practitioners are confronting legacies of oppression in the systemic design domain.
Panel: Evan Barba, Sally Sutherland, and Clément Vidal
How may we use Bateson’s provocations to rethink the problematic stories around design and modernity as mobilised in contemporary design practices?
Methods afford and perpetuate ways of understanding and organising the world much like any other artefact. Because conventions are assumed within the context of a methodological practice, they are difficult to question from within.