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Ahmedabad, India | October 2020
Published by: Systemic Design Association
The proceedings are published and available online as open access documents.
Author. (2020). Article title. In Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD9) 2020 Symposium. Ahmedabad, India, October 9-17, 2020.
RSD9 – Systemic Design for Well-Being: From human to humane
Chair: Praveen Nahar, National Institute of Design
Editor: Peter Jones, OCAD University
The RSD9 symposium theme was Systemic Design for Well-being (From Human to Humane), marked by compassion and empathy not only for humans, living beings and our cultures but our natural world and surroundings.
RSD9 Week was hosted by the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India. It was held October 9-17, 2020, representing a full week of online paper presentations, workshops, complex visualizations (gigamaps), panels and conversations.
Take the Tour
A virtual tour of the Gigamap Exhibition on the National Institute of Design Campus in Ahmedabad, India.
RSD9 Symposium Proceedings
RSD9 proceedings are listed in the following order: introduction, keynote speakers, workshops, papers, systems maps.
RSD9 Chair, Praveen Nahar, and Editor, Peter Jones: RSD9 created a place for pause and reflection, but also bold ideas and forward-thinking discussion. The outcome is a collection of over 50 presentations on design outcomes and programs informed by research, real applications, and practices to address problems in the unbounded complexity of social and ecological systems.
A beautiful virtual walk-through of the National Institute of Design campus in Ahmedabad, India.
RSD9 Keynote. Vandana Shiva: Design, like every other discipline over the last few centuries, has been limited by colonialism and anthropocentrism – the assumption that colonising cultures are superior to the colonised, and humans are superior to other species.
RSD9 Keynote. Giulio Quaggiotto: Accepting that wellbeing and sustainable development are complex challenges means acknowledging the limitations of linear planning and moving away from the allure of designing single-point solutions.
RSD9 Keynote. Harold G. Nelson: The COVID-19 virus has been the catalyst for disruptive pandemic changes around the world. Our norms are being forever changed. Our sense of well-being has been lost. New norms are needed now because a new normal is desired and necessary. It is a perilous game to play if the process of forming new norms is left to unfold by chance rather than intension.
Prasad Modak: Is the concept of Circular Economy (CE) old wine in a new bottle? Is the canvas of CE really understood?
Marie Davidová and Kateřina Zímová: The paper presents a practice-based systemic design project regenerating former gardening colony of Prague 22 district.
Jonathan Romm, Palak Dudani, and Shivani Prakash: To stimulate innovation in systems of healthcare, designers need to become conversational experts.
Pupul Bisht: What does the future look like? Who owns/shapes these images of the future? Whose identity, knowledge, needs, and desires are not represented in these futures?
Arvind Venkataramani and Adam Menter: Co-designed rituals are a way for people to identify and navigate the systems they are embedded in, and to construct or reshape selves to seek well-being.
Peter Jones: The working theories on the logic of system change outcomes, and the quasi-systemic logic models used to communicate them.
Chris Oestereich & Courtney Savie Lawrence, Circular Design Lab
Tobias Luthe, Angel Lamar, Birger Sevaldson, Tine Hegli, Marianne Storen Berg, and Peter Hemmersam, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Jonathan Healey and Sydney M. Luken
Palak Dudani and Andrew Morrison, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Sucharita Beniwal and Swagata Naidu, National Institute of Design
Intervening in Power Dynamics: Introducing a new tool for talking about, analyzing, and shifting power
Lyndon Valicenti and Rae Perez, Daylight
Eduardo Mazuera & Laura Niño Caceres.
Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer, Jan-Carel Diehl, Ella Jamsin, Jotte de Koning, Rebecca Price and Nynke Tromp, Delft University of Technology
Joanna Boehnert and Simon Downs, Loughborough University
Nicole Norris, Maya Hoveskog, Francesca Ostuzzi, Peter Jones, and Antony Upward
Ariana Lutterman & Tara Campbell from Superorganism
Zaid Khan, David Ing, Dan Eng, Kelly Okamuara, and Zemina Meghji
Birger Sevaldson, Oslo School of Design
Tobias Luthe, Birger Sevaldson, Silvia Barbero, Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer and Justyna Swat
Eva Legemaate, Marie Van den Bergh, and Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer, Delft University of Technology
A Systemic, Socioecological Approach for Community Resilience: The case study of the World Music School
Authors: Timothee Landa, Susu Nousala
Author: Tore Gulden
Author: Chhail Khalsa
Authors: Svetlana Usenyuk-Kravchuk, Nikolai Korgin
Authors: Yunsun Chung-Shin, Shrin Mehri
Conversations in Healthcare Service Design – The characteristics and use of conversations in ecosystemic service design
Authors: Jonathan Romm, Palak Dudani, Shivani Prakash
Authors: Felicia Nilsson, Josina Vink
Engineering a Better World: Building a human-centered engineering program that is design-driven and focused on social impact
Author: Sunand Bhattacharya
From Wealth to Well-being – A systems oriented design exploration of imagining alternatives in urban housing
Author: Palak Dudani
Authors: Marieke Maertens, Francesca Ostuzzi, Katrien De Schepper, Lieven De Couvreur, Maya Hoveskog, Nicole Norris
Healthcare System for Infants : System intervention model for early detection and treatment of developmental delays in infants
Author: Manushi Kaushik
Marieke Maertens, Francesca Ostuzzi, Katrien De Schepper, Lieven De Couvreur, Maya Hoveskog, Nicole Norris
Caterina Rosini, Silvia Barbero
Author: Ann McDonald
Author: Misa Kaur
Author: Russell Gaskin
Mapping the Terrain of Design Thinking Pedagogies and Outcome: Cross-institutional, longitudinal research
Danielle Lake and Wen Guo
Author: Neeta Verma
Methodology for designing alternative ecosystem for restoring indigenous knowledge of smallholder communities in India
Authors: Maya Narayan, Anshul Agrawal
Author: Ananya Agrawal
Authors: Larissa Berlato, Luiz Fernando Gonçalves de Figueiredo
Authors: Cat Drew, Cassie Robinson, Jennie Winhall
Authors: Karthikeyan Gopinathan, Srilakshmi Krishnaswamy
Preparing for the Pluriverse: Encouraging a critical self-reflective practice to build cultural humility into service design
Authors: Shivani Prakash, Oda Heier
Author: Thomas Maiorana
Authors: Long Yuan, Jun Zhang
Author: Shashank Nimkar
Authors: Sean Gobey, Tara Campbell
Author: Gwendolyn Kulick
Service and system oriented design exploration on healthy diets and sustainable food systems in China
Authors: Zijun Lin, Birger Sevaldson
Author: Marie Davidová
Authors: Flavia Papile, Barbara Del Curto, Andrea Coccia
Authors: Harshita Hassani, Naveen Kumar
Author: Poonam Jayant Singh
Authors: Ryan Murphy, Peter Jones
Author: Zaid Khan
Authors: Apostolos E. Lydakis, John Darzentas, Jenny S. Darzentas
Author: Sonam Tashi Gyaltsen
Authors: Tejaswini Nagesh, Nitin Sekar, Praveen Nahar
Author: Birger Sevaldson
Author: Peter Jones
Authors: Bharath Surendra, Manish Kumar, Shubham Yadav, Praveen Nahar, Sahil Thappa
Author: Surabhi Khanna
Author: Manuela Aguirre Ulloa
Authors: Akash Mohan, Bhaskarjyoti Das
Authors: Danjian Wang, Marie Davidová
Authors: Bharath Palavalli, K. Harsha
Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway. Autonomous public transport systems and the ongoing implementation of a car-free city center policy in Oslo.
OCAD University, Canada. How might we help people to learn to manage their cardiovascular risk?
Zayed University, Dubai, UAE. Process of ‘individual capacity building’ leading to ‘collective capacities in order to contribute to positive social change.
Collaborative Collective. Proposes circular economy for a gardening colony including upcycling and the use of tokens.
National Institute of Design, India. Design thinking and human-centric approach to broaden the spectrum of design in the Indian Army.
National Institute of Design, India. The craft sector in India through mapping interconnections and multidirectional influences.
Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway. The complex web of structures that form part of organizations, and some of the components they may need to operate.
Norwegian Labour & Welfare and Oslo Adult Education, Norway. Bridging the gap between people and public services by offering an overview of the whole system.
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Design, USA. Interdependencies, harmful feedback loops, and interventions to break the cycle of obesity.
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Design, USA. A visual guide to obesity and design interventions through Meadows’ leverage points.
National Institute of Design, India. The ‘amusement park’ represents various aspects of ‘Play’ as a plug-in to foster improved social connections.
Politecnico di Torino, Department of Architecture and Design, Italy. Strategies for the creation of new networks aimed at transforming the economy and production processes from linear to circular approach.
Politecnico Di Torino, Department of Architecture and Design, Open Systems Design Lab, Italy. Illustrating a more circular economy that is more resilient and more regenerative.
Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión, Mexico. Understanding the need for an updated approach for the benefit of urban mobility and street vendors.
The University of Limerick, School of Design, Ireland. The relationships between various perceived dimensions of designing for place-based, ecologically driven systems change.
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Design, USA. Factors related to adolescent depression synthesized to lend understanding to the systemic issues.
Centre for Changemaking and Social Innovation, Georgian College, Barrie, and Canadian Freshwater Alliance, Canada. How curriculum might shift a uniquely Canadian rural region towards a Flourishing Social Enterprise landscape
Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK. A work in progress of Synergetic Landscapes unit of Master of Architectural Design at the Welsh School of Architecture.
National Institute of Design, India. A systemic exploration of the most basic physiological need for food and highly influential control means called markets.
Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway. A local community where industries are not dependent on each other, and benefit from each other’s knowledge.
Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, USA. Commercial VR as a tool to produce pro-environmental behavior that combats climate change.
Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway. A systems exploration in imagining alternatives within housing in Norway.
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Design, USA. In response to the Opioid crisis, the map proposes leverage points to intervene in terms of education, policy, healthcare, the environment, and the economy.