RSD10 marked a decade of systemic design
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Greeting guests at RSD10
Mieke on-campus and online

RSD10 was a hybrid event, taking place on-campus and online.

Playing with Tensions: A springboard for the future

From November 2-6, RSD10 marked a decade of systemic design at TU Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, one of the world’s leading design schools with over 2,000 students and 350 researchers. Industrieel Ontwerpen faculty bridge advancements in technology with the needs of people, organisations, and society. Fittingly, they advanced the theme, Playing with Tensions, as a provocation to embrace new complexity, collaboration and contexts in systemic design.

Moreover, the TU Delft team, led by Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer, grounded the program in the belief that the fate of all complex adapting systems in the biosphere – from single cells to economies – is to evolve to a natural state between order and chaos, a grand compromise between structure and surprise.

Complex systems do not lend themselves to much simplification. Systemic designers have no choice but to embrace complexity, and in doing so, embrace opposing concepts and the resulting paradoxes. It is at the interplay of these ideas that they find the most fruitful regions of exploration. – Stuart Kauffman, At Home in the Universe

The TU Delft team skillfully managed a program representing 119 new contributions to systemic design, presented as keynote speeches, dialogues, practice case studies, systems maps, and long and short papers. Producing the most extensive symposium program to date, RSD10 was a fitting tribute to Birger Sevaldson’s vision for an interdiscipline to join systems thinking to design methodology.

The central conference theme explored design and systems thinking practices as mediators to deal fruitfully with tensions. RSD10’s guiding question was, “Can we embrace the tension, the paradoxes as valuable social feedback in our path to just and sustainable futures?” The response was a breadth of presentations and papers that look squarely at the post-Anthropocene. Further, the depth of work related to racism, oppression, and hegemony opened up a tenth RSD topic category, “Society & Culture”, and the archives will be re-catalogued to form a coherent set of articles. The RSD10 proceedings, complete with keynote videos, presentation decks, and sketchnotes, constitute a springboard for the next decade of research and inquiry defining systemic design.

TU Delft Team

Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer

Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer

Chair

Yumiko Henneberry

Yumiko Henneberry

Event & Program Design

Hanneke Sosef-de Haan

Hanneke Sosef-de Haan

Event Support

Sine Celik

Sine Celik

Event & Program Design

Jotte de Koning

Jotte de Koning

Event & Program Design

Leandra Tjin Asjoe-Koolhoven

Leandra Tjin Asjoe-Koolhoven

Event Support

JC Diehl

JC Diehl

Scientific Program

Rebecca Price

Rebecca Price

Event & Program Design

Nynke Tromp

Nynke Tromp

Scientific Program

Scientific Program

Silvia Barbero

Silvia Barbero

Scientific Program, SDA Chair

Peter Jones

Peter Jones

Scientific Program, SDA Vice-Chair

support team

Mariana Barrientos-Paras

Mariana Barrientos-Paras

Brand Identity & RSD10.org

Francis Hong

Francis Hong

LiveChat & Social Media

Margriet-Klinckhamers

Margriet-Klinckhamers

Event Coordination

Angelsea Saby

Angelsea Saby

Member Liaison & LinkedIn

Azhim Firdaus

Azhim Firdaus

Event Coordination

Alazne Echaniz Jurado

Alazne Echaniz Jurado

Sketchnotes & Social Media

Cheryl May

Cheryl May

RSD Liaison, RSDsymposium.org

Posted Nov-2021