Select Page

Papers

Possibilities and Practices of Systemic Design: Questions for the next decade of Relating Systems Thinking and Design

Format: Papers, Proceedings: Editorial, RSD11, SDA blog, Systemic Design

Ben Sweeting and Sally Sutherland

Radical Methodologies Research Group, School of Architecture, Technology and Engineering, University of Brighton

As Relating Systems Thinking and Design moves into its second decade, it is possible to question systemic design’s emerging shape. RSD1 through RSD10 have established systemic design as a field with growing mainstream recognition. However, such successes carry the risk that those things that are valuable and different in systemic design can become lost, simplified, and conventionalised. Drawing on Birger Sevaldson’s framing of systemic design as a field of possibilities, we draw attention to systemic design’s own boundary judgements and their importance in maintaining and developing the field’s pluralism and criticality. We conclude with questions that we see as crucial for systemic design: What are the possibilities and practices of systemic design? And what should they be?

KEYWORDS: Design, boundary critique, cybernetics, gigamapping, systems thinking, transdisciplinarity

This essay has been developed from the RSD11 call for papers and the welcome remarks given in the RSD11 opening plenary.

Opening plenary (video file 7:21)

VIEWS

N/A

 

Citation Data

Author(s): Ben Sweeting and Sally Sutherland
Year: 2022
Title: Possibilities and Practices of Systemic Design: Questions for the next decade of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD11
Article No.: 002
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/questions-for-systemic-design
Host: University of Brighton
Location: Brighton, UK
Symposium Dates: October 3–16, 2022
First published: 18 April 2023
Last update: 30 April 2023
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404
Verified by MonsterInsights