RSD11 Program

October 13-16, 2022

RSD11

University of Brighton, UK

Registration Summer 2022

October 13-16, 2022

RSD11

University of Brighton, UK

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.

Call for Contributions

Registration Summer 2022

BRIGHTON’S SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING IS BASED AT THE MOULSECOOMB CAMPUS.

Hybrid Event

Hosted by University of Brighton

RSD11 is a three-day symposium with a pre-symposium workshop day. The time frame is October 13 to 16, 2022, and will include both online and on-site programming. The preliminary plan is to live stream keynote and plenary presentations and coordinate a dedicated online program running parallel over the conference days. A space will be made available on campus for in-person delegates to gather for the online program.

BRIGHTON PALACE PIER PHOTO BY BENN MCGUINNESS ON UNSPLASH.

At RSD11, we look to expand further systemic design’s modes of working:

  • Systemic design has thus far drawn primarily on methodological and organisational aspects of systems thinking as a way of handling complexity. In what ways might other perspectives augment systemic approaches?
  • The systems field is open to the creative arts, countercultural movements, enactive cognitive science, family therapy, posthumanism, and others. How might these transdisciplinary connections further enrich and critique systemic design research and practice?

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Focus: Design over time

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.

Focus: Products are systemic objects

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.

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