Andreas Wettre and Christodoulos Christodoulou

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Implementation difficulties are an important issue relevant to several fields. In recent years, there has been a noticeable growth in the literature on this subject. Based on our anecdotal experiences, promising ideas/solutions are often not implemented. In this paper, we primarily focus on systemic interventions.

Big and complex problems make implementation overwhelmingly complex and can prevent the full implementation of innovative solutions/interventions. In this presentation, we explore how we could shift the focus from developing solutions to how implementing them alongside the design. Drawing on our prior professional experience, we argue that a more overlapping approach to development and implementation is needed to deal with complex issues. With such an approach, we can increase the possibility of creating the desired effect. However, we will also increase the complexity.

We believe that systems oriented design methods would enable better understanding, coping and communication of the complexity of implementation. We hope to trigger a fruitful discussion on this subject, generating vital insights for the further development of this presentation into a paper.

KEYWORDS: implementation, complexity, systemic design, systems oriented design, SOD

Citation Data

Author(s): Andreas Wettre and Christodoulos Christodoulou
Year: 2022
Title: Use Systems Oriented Design (SOD) for implementation
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD11
Article No.: 188
Host: University of Brighton
Location: Brighton, UK
Symposium Dates: October 3–16, 2022
First published: 20 September 2022
Last update: 30 April 2023
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404

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