Service and system oriented design exploration on healthy diets and sustainable food systems in China

Format: Papers, RSD9, Topic: Health & Well-being

Zijun Lin and Birger Sevaldson


 Politechnico di Milano | The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), Norway

Nowadays, China’s food system faces significant challenges in the context of rapid urbanization, population growth, dietary transition and climate change. Current dietary patterns are threatening both human health and environmental sustainability. This paper takes the case study of the design project “Panacea Food Lab”, which illustrates an approach and practice of combining Service Design, Systems Oriented Design, and Co-creation to explore healthy diets and food system sustainability in a complex context. It aims to design interventions to facilitate the transition to healthy and sustainable diets in young Chinese consumers. The project provides a comprehensive service, including food innovation workshops and online services, by combining the offerings from the various stakeholders. This paper showcases the implementation of utilizing Systems Oriented Design methods to form a holistic understanding of a complex system and explore the potential systemic impact. The importance of long-term goals in a design project is also highlighted. Furthermore, combining systemic thinking with the Service Design and Co-creation approaches is significantly beneficial to proposing services and solutions for complex systems.

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Author(s): Authors: Zijun Lin, Birger Sevaldson
Title: Service and system oriented design exploration on healthy diets and sustainable food systems in China
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
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First published: 4 October 2020
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