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Nordmarka Forest, Norway

Reflexivity, ecocentrism, and regenerative systems

Climate change has been with us for generations, but its long-anticipated consequences are finally being felt. While optimism about the possibility of mitigating the worst impacts of climate change should be a foundation of all work in this area, we also need to reckon with the reality that our world still lacks the structures and will to undo the damage we have already done to our planet and to acknowledge that the worst of those impacts are being felt by those least responsible.


Reflexivity can help designers better understand their own assumptions and values. This involves reflecting on their own experiences and perspectives.

  • How might these be influencing their approach to the project?
  • How can a design team identify potential biases or blind spots by engaging in a process of reflexivity?
  • How have systemic design and reflexivity been used in combination to promote critical thinking in the design process?


Ecocentrism is an alternative worldview that places all life at the centre instead of just humans. Operating from this paradigm can help make our practice more-than-sustainable in the future.

  • What can designers deeply learn from nature and the way it works?
  • How can designers operate from an ecocentric perspective before a human-centred perspective? What does this mean?
  • What are the tensions that can emerge by operating from an ecocentric perspective in a human-centric industry and practice?


Regenerative systems, human or natural, return more value to their environments and actors than what they extract. Systemic design as a practice, should be oriented to creating regenerative systems in all senses.

  • How can we make the conditions for regenerative systems to emerge?
  • What shifts in perspective and practice are needed for us to shift towards regenerative systems?
  • How can designers deal with the tensions and conflicts that are bound to come up in system transitions?

SDA Norway hosted RSD12-Nordmarka Forest, experiencing the forest works as a metaphor for a plurality of regenerative minds, design, and a sense of being. The hub was a holistic and open exploration of methods for multi-stakeholder connections and building resilient, inclusive, and sustainable solutions to complex problems.

Birger Sevaldson, The Oslo School of Architecture (AHO),

Angel Lamar, Designit,

Jonathan Romm, AHO/Halogen,

Andreas Wettre, AHO,

Marie Van den Bergh, AHO/ frog,

Josina Vink, AHO,

Kristin Støren Wigum, Oslo Met,

Tore Gulden, Oslo Met,

Benedice Wildhagen, DOGA,

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Talks: Systems Oriented Design

Talks: Systems Oriented Design

Francis D’Silva, Bjørn Rask Thomsen and Torun Degnes | Ingerid Helsing Almaas, Camilla Therese Hansen and Eva Hugenschmidt | Leandro Porras Molina | Haley Fitzpatrick and Tobias Luthe | Birger Sevaldson and Andreas Wettre

Talks: Nature

Talks: Nature

Skye Smith and Eleni Kalantidou | S Shankar, Praveen Nahar and Sahil Thappa | Katherine Mollenhauer, Cala Del Río, Javiera Rodríguez, Karen Silva and Vanessa Rugiero | Miray Boğa | Pauline Smith

Talks: Innovation

Talks: Innovation

Gijs Rempt, Sine Celik and Stein Wetzer | Krasimira Bozhinkova, Kevin Richard, and Andreea-Daiana Zavate | Emile Mazerant and Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer | Elisabeth Tschavgova, Elise Talgorn, Charlotte Kobus, Jo van Engelen, Conny Bakker, and Sonja van Dam | Jelena Sucic, Susu Nousala, David Ing, and Gary Metcalf


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