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RSD13 Call for Reviewers

The peer-review period starts as soon as submissions are complete—no later than April 30—and runs until June 30. Please take a few moments to indicate your availability on the reviewer acceptance form.

Roundtable on mapping

Evan Barba, Jotte de Koning, Peter Jones, Praveen Nahar, Lorraine Randell, Birger Sevaldson, Mauri Suoheimo, and Sahil Thappa

Mapping Roundtable

Jotte de Koning, Peter Jones, Praveen Nahar, Birger Sevaldson, Mari Suoheimo, Sahil Thappa, and Evan Barba

Studio: Socioecological design

Three maps are generated through metaphors, and one considers dependence on virgin wood in home furniture. Locally Grown maps the spaces between the elements to explore systemic design interventions in human hair waste.

Studio: Unmapped

These exhibits are a departure from pictorial maps. Two site-specific installations mapped systems so they could be experienced from multiple points of view. The third, an experiment in art-science collaboration, resulted in richly rendered systemic representations of scientific findings. Also presented is the inventory of graphical devices.

Studio: Mapping for Futuring

Four mapping for futuring projects in three contexts: studio-led university project, transformation lab, researcher-led.

Studio: Mapping as framework

These four project posters reflect mapping as frameworks to describe and inspire multiple perspectives at different scales.

Studio: About our lives

Four projects from the National Institute of Design (India) represent contemporary exemplars of the metaphor style. They incorporate vivid graphics and extended formats and combine information density with detailed and expertly executed graphics.

RSD12 Registration

RSD12-ONLINE runs every day from October 6 to 20 offering paper tracks, workshops and panels and special sessions livestreamed from RSD12-HUBS.

Entangled in Emergence

In its 12th year, RSD considers the processes of entangling and unravelling. Even the deepest entanglements eventually unravel; every unravelling is an opportunity for new entanglements to emerge.

RSD12-Toronto Call for collaborators

RSD12-Toronto is a pilot for SDA-Toronto and an opportunity to gauge interest in a collaborative network engaged in building the systemic design community.

Launching Contexts

An excerpt drawn from the editorial for Contexts—The Systemic Design Journal, 1.

RSD Review Process

Details about formats for authors, facilitators, and exhibitors. Contributions are included in the proceedings, a searchable repository of systemic design resources used by researchers, teachers, and practitioners.

RSD12 Concept—2023

Save the date. RSD12 is envisioned as a two-week programme, excluding weekends. The Georgetown proposal is a multi-event symposia concept, connecting systemic design hubs around the world in a sequence of in-person, online, and hybrid sessions. Hub symposia are augmented by a four-hour online program dedicated to full papers and emergent programming.

RSD12 Call for Hubs: Expression of Interest and FAQs

The Systemic Design Association and Georgetown University are ready to receive Expressions of Interest from partner organizations to host one or multiple days of RSD12 as part of the collaborative hub model envisioned for October 2023. Please submit your EoI before March 1, 2023.

RSD12 Georgetown Update

RSD12 organising institution announced—Georgetown University, USA. This year, the RSD12 hub model invites multiple hosts to submit interest in presenting their chosen themes.

Systemic Design Association’s changes in 2022

I want to take this opportunity to make a special wish for the new year that we continue to connect people with design and build a future of peace and friendship. The future is now, and we are responsible for designing a better world.

In memoriam: Klaus Krippendorff

If designers are willing to articulate their mission of creating artifacts that do not already exist, they should find evidence for unused possibilities, not data from yesterday.

In memoriam: Tom Snow

“… ecological design also includes the careful meshing of human purposes with the larger patterns and flows of the natural world”

RSD11 Sessions: Key info

The RSD11 programme includes keynote speakers, paper tracks (papers & presentations), activity sessions, workshops, and exhibits. Most will be available both online and in-person.

Navigating the Scholars Spiral

Thinking of scholarship in terms of a cyclic, spiral process supports a vital emergence of supportive opportunities for scholars.

RSD11 Committees & Reviewers

RSD11 was made possible by the efforts of dedicated committee members, peer reviewers, and the incredible team at Southcoast Events, Ironworks Studio, and the University of Brighton.

Focus areas: the RSD11 seven

Seven specific focus areas have been developed as provocations for critical reflection, new topics, and different directions.

RSD10 marked a decade of systemic design

From November 2-6, 2021, RSD10 marked a decade of systemic design at TU Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, one of the world’s leading design schools.

Top Ten in Systemic Design

Unlike RSD’s peer-review process, the 2021 Top Ten for Ten is a simple listicle that’s based on a single criterion: the sheer number of RSD contributions.

Navigating Time Zones

All the times posted are UTC+1, the time zone is in use during standard time in Europe and Africa. Daylight savings time ends in Delft on October 31, 2021; therefore, the times given are CET and UTC+1.

RSD10 Sketchnote Gallery

Sketchnotes capture the big ideas within a complex conversation, are a rich source of signals, and capture the geist of the session.

Paper Tracks: Provoking thought and dialogue

RSD Paper Tracks are a popular symposium format. RSD offers a platform for discussing ongoing work with peers and systemic design colleagues. Authors present their papers and invite input to develop their work further.

Hotels and restaurants in Delft

The RSD10 team has compiled this list of hotels, dining, and coffee shops for delegates who will be joining on-campus sessions at TU Delft.

10th Anniversary Ask Me Anything

The AMA is a unique online forum opportunity with Peter Jones and Birger Sevaldson, bringing them together as co-presenters once again so you can ask them, well, anything.

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 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.

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.

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