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The Book of Iteration: Workshop and introduction to the method

Format: Workshops, RSD11, RSD11: Methods and the worlds they make, Topic: Methods & Methodology

Evan Barba and J.R. Osborn

This workshop will introduce participants to the process and content of The Book of Iteration. For some time, we have been using the Chinese classic the I Ching (or Book of Changes) as a resource for systemic design in both professional and classroom settings. The unique method of consulting the I Ching sparks novel insights, which can be usefully applied to overcome creative obstacles. Our research has found that the 64 passages of the I Ching correspond to the stages of a design cycle that apply to any creative process. We therefore adapted the passages into prompts for design thinking and creative practice. The adapted passages, and the various methods of consulting them, provide an intellectual lever that can help move any project toward its next iteration.

KEYWORDS: I Ching, YiJing, Book of Iteration

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Author(s): Evan Barba and J.R. Osborn
Year: 2022
Title: The Book of Iteration: Workshop and introduction to the method
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD11
Article No.: 061
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/the-book-of-iteration-workshop-and-introduction-to-the-method
Host: University of Brighton
Location: Brighton, UK
Symposium Dates: October 3–16, 2022
First published: 30 September 2022
Last update: 30 April 2023
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404