Development Projects



Development project

Library for young people

With Sandefjord and Horten Libraries and Vestfold county

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Four workshops to help the groups to develop activities at the libraries. The group of youngsters participating where largely in charge of the content of the programs they designed. The co-design settings were with mixed groups of different employees and youngsters from different adjacent high schools.

The SOD team did teach the methodology for exploring possibilities and to rank them according to realistic activities and events.

Risk Management in S.O.D.

Investigating the implementation of Risk management in Systems Oriented Design.

This development project is done in collaboration with Magnus Bjelkerud.


Magnus Bjelkerud

Magnus Bjelkerud's educational background is from NTNU (Trondheim, Norway) where he studied transport communications. He also holds a Master of Management from BI (Oslo, Norway). Magnus has a varied professional background. At the moment he is working as market coordinator within safety at Norconsult. Prior to this he has worked as a researcher at SINTEF and as a senior consultant at Det Norske Veritas AS. This has given him a broad experience in the field of risk management and safety within the industries aviation, oil&gas, road, rail and the public sector. In his lectures, the participants will learn how to think risk and also be able to perform a risk analysis on their own. The generic steps of a risk analysis will be instructed in detail and made practical. Also, the participants will learn to understand why humans make mistakes, how risk can be reduced and how risk can be managed to obtain an acceptable level of risk. The lectures are supported by international standards and research work within risk and safety.


Examples of RIsk analyses implemented by master students


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Christian von Hanno


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Maren Moe Stokke and Kathinka Magnus

Deichmannske Media Stations



The Deichmannske media station project aimed at producing four media stations that could show all kinds of media including a big film archive to visitors of the
Deichmannske main library in Oslo.

This is an OCEAN Design Research Association project

The project was a collaboration between the Deichmannske library as the initiator and client, OCEAN design research network, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, HFG Offenbach, Germany, and the YNOR boat builder company of Kragerø, Norway.

The project aimed at investigating a systems approach to design and a integral design process. It involved a large scale investigation of the Deichmannske main library as a system of information exchange, study site, temporary work space, social hub, etc.

The project won a price from the Norwegian Design Council in 2008 for its systems approach.



Diagrams and visualisations from the systems analyses of the Deichmannske library


The material realisation of the media stations involved a innovative material system, digital composite construction technology, a custom made interface delivered by a external company and a innovative programmed light system which was triggered by sensor technology.

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From the finalisation of computer, sound and light system.

The project was disseminated when it comes to the systems aspect of the project in the article A systems approach to design learning.

Sevaldson, B. (2008). A System Approach to Design Learning. Systemisches Denken und Integrales Entwerfen / System thinking and Integral Design. A. Menges. Offenbach, Präsident der Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main.

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This publication also analysed other aspects of the project.

The development of the pods is done under supervision of Michael Hensel from OCEAN design research network, professor Achim Menges from HFG Offenbach and Professor Birger Sevaldson from AHO.
The project is done in close co-operation with the customer represented by project leader Reinert Mithassel from Deichmannske Library.
The production is hosted and supervised by the professional boat building company YNOR in Kragerø Norway, by director Ronny Andresen.

Technical installations by Knut Karlsen and Gunnar Bothner Bye


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GIGA-mapping in Management

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Collaboration ended 2014

This development project is addressing how to implement and use especially time line and process based GIGA-mapping as workshop tools in leader development consultancy.

The partner for this development project is

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The Performance Group merged with Rambøll in 2014

Leader of the project at TPG: Andreas Wettre.

One central question in GIGAmapping is the choice of media. Using big format paper and markers pluss labels has proven to be unchallenged in group processes with time line mapping. This creates a co-understanding of the field. But more important it makes it possible to have open ended, un planned yet very communicative and focused conversations.

Digital tools are less usable at this stage because of screen and projector resolution and because of th euse of a computer immediately sets the operator of the computer appart from the rest of the group.

When using paper, for the facilitator repeatedly handing over markers to less active group members is a very nice way to involve and create shared ownership.

The physical element in gathering around a table and drawing , writing and pointing while speaking is also a valuable effect.

The problem with paper media is off course what follows: how to keep the information alive. We are now working on a test run where designers (students) will participate in the refinement and updating of the maps tp keep them alive. We will collect experience and develop strategies for this.

Another possible way to go would be to use or create some kind of mapping tool that is digital, shared and easy to update. In our link menu you will find many software programs for this purpose. We have used them in periods, but they all suffer from one or the other shortcoming. This goes for ease of use, desirability (bad look, hierarchical build up etc.

Graduate student Elisabeth Skjelten is engaged in this project. She works closely with TPG to develop the process of GIGA-mapping in TPG. She took on the challenge of speculating about an easily updatable and dynamic map for collaboaration and created a flash dummy of a software prototype for this purpose of keeping super complex information shared and alive:


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