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RSD12-Shenzhen: GMT+8



Hosted by SUSTech School of Design | October 14, 2023 | Shenzhen, Guangdong, P.R. China


RSD12-Shenzhen, hosted by SUSTech confirmed. More details are coming soon.

RSD12-Shenzhen Setting

Shenzhen is a UNESCO Creative City of Design, founded in 1979 and chosen as China’s first special economic zone in 1980. The city is a major design hub and one of the leading design cities in China. Shenzhen embodies the concept of modern Chinese design and has more than 6,000 design firms representing an 11 billion Yuan industry (1.54 billion USD). With such an active design, technology, and innovation culture, the SUSTech campus never stops, moving ahead at “Shenzhen speed.” However, there’s also downtime for the beach, a picnic in one of the many parks around the city, or a day trip to Hong Kong or Guangzhou.

UNESCO (2018, October 30). UNESCO Creative Cities Network [-video-]. YouTube.


The RSD12 call for contributions is now open and accepting submissions for papers, posters and online/offline workshops. This focus area is in development.


Guillermo Sánchez Sotés, G., Herr, C.M. & Fischer, T. (2022). What to Make of the Appropriation of Autopoiesis in Architecture? Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design, RSD11. Article 193.

Qiu, G., Yu, H., Hu, H., Han, Y., & Herr, C.M. (2022). Xichong Holiday Resort Resource Flow Map: Towards a circular economy in Shenzhen, China. Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design, RSD11. Article 221.

Video: Xichong Holiday Resort Resource Flow Map animation created from Exhibition Talks presentation. Source RSD11.


The SusTech School of Design organiser is:


The programme and schedule are in development.


The budget and participant fee schedule are in development.

About the organisers

Christiane M. Herr is a professor of the School of Design at Southern University of Science and Technology. She is an architectural design researcher and educator focusing on the areas of structural design, cross-disciplinary collaborative design and digitally supported design. She obtained a Dipl.-Ing. degree from the University of Kassel and her MArch and PhD degrees from The University of Hong Kong. Before joining SUSTech, she held positions as Associate Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University and Shenzhen University and as Visiting Assistant Professor at National Cheng Kung University. In her recent work, Christiane has focused on structural and material aspects in cross-disciplinary collaborative design processes involving scientists and designers, with special emphasis on the local context of China. Christiane is currently President of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA) and a member of the American Society for Cybernetics (ASC). In addition, she is a member of peer review committees of various journals and conferences and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC). Christiane has authored over 60 peer-reviewed academic publications, most of them as first author, among them 16 indexed journal articles and book chapters. She has recently co-edited the book “Design Cybernetics: Navigating the New”, published in the Springer Design Research Foundations Series.

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Students at work in a brightly lit design studio at the School of Design

Photo: SUSTech School of Design, Academics. 

Copyright Information

Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (ISSN 2371-8404) are published annually by the Systemic Design Association, a non-profit scholarly association leading the research and practice of design for complex systems: 3803 Tønsberg, Norway (922 275 696).


Open Access article published under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 International License. This permits anyone to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or form according to the licence terms.

Suggested citation format (APA)

Author(s). (20##). Article title. Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design, RSD##. Article ##.

Publishing with RSD

Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design are published online and include the contributions for each format.

Papers and presentations are entered into a single-blind peer-review process, meaning reviewers see the authors’ names but not vice versa. Reviewers consider the quality of the proposed contribution and whether it addresses topics of interest or raises relevant issues in systemic design. The review process provides feedback and possible suggestions for modifications.

The Organising Committee reviews and assesses workshops and systems maps & exhibits with input from reviewers and the Programme Committee.

Editor: Cheryl May
Peter Jones
Ben Sweeting

The scholar’s spiral

In 2022, the Systemic Design Association adopted the scholar's spiral—a cyclic non-hierarchical approach to advance scholarship—and in 2023, launched Contexts—The Systemic Design Journal. Together, the RSD symposia and Contexts support the vital emergence of supportive opportunities for scholars and practitioners to publish work in the interdisciplinary field of systemic design.

The Systemic Design Association's membership ethos is to co-create the socialization and support for all members to contribute their work, find feedback and collaboration where needed, and pursue their pathways toward research and practice outcomes that naturally build a vital design field for the future.


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