Systems Oriented Design / Systemorientert Design (NO)

The designerly way to work with systems

The main mission of Systems Oriented Design is to build the designers own interpretation and implementation of systems thinking so that systems thinking can fully benefit from design thinking and practice and so that design thinking and practice can fully benefit from systems thinking.

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RSD8-Chicago videos

The RSD8 at Institute of Design IIT was another great success. Reports and proceedings will follow soon. Meanwhile the keynote videos are online here.


The next RSD is public and will be announced here and on the Systemic Design net soon.


See the Speech from the Systemic Design Association (SDA) held by Peter Jones and Birger Sevaldson. This speech adresses the nature and future of the Systemic Design Association.



Saskia Sassen from Columbia University presented an eyeopening report from high finance. She starts after 7:30


Terry Erwin from Carnegie-Mellon university presented the latest development of Transition design towards systemis perspectives. She starts after 5 minutes.


Chris Rudd from IDE IIT gave a shocking historical record on the history of slavery. His speech starts at 20 minutes.


New information on the SOD web

Here are some updates on the SOD web.

Since the last update a lot of things have happened. We had a very successful RSD8 at IIT institute of design , Chicago. Updates will follow and the proceedings will come online on

I reorganised the gigamapping and tools section into tools and framework. The use of the term frameworks seems adequate for many of the concepts we use in SOD.

Also i added a new framework. The SOD creative process framework seems a good idea to give some more guidance for systemsoriented designers to make their way out of the jungle of complexity. 


SOD creative process framework


This is work in progress on the draft stage and if you click the image you will be taken to the shared document we are working on. It contains comments and links. If you have comments to this work you are more than welcome.


We also have published the bachelor projects from this spring here: 





More news to be pubished soon from this autumns master course and the included sustainable ski building course.




Tobias Luthe joins SOD at AHO

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We are happy to announce that Tobias Luthe has joined the SOD group at Oslo School of Architecture and Design in a part time 50% position.

Tobias is professor dr. at ETH Zürich, Dept of Civil, Env. and Geomatic eng. Institute for Spatial and Landscape development  >>>>>>

He will remain in a 50% position at ETH where he amongst other things teaches a course in Systemic Design for Sustainability   >>>>>

Tobias is a person with diverse interrests reaching from landscape ecology to systemic design. He is a mountain guide and the founder of the Monviso Institute.  

Tobias will contribute with different perspectives and approaches to the SOD environment. 

We wish him welcome and we are looking forward to an exiting collaboration.

See Tobias' website here >>>>>

Read more about Tobias here: >>>>>


Master Exchange students in SOD

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If you want to study SOD and you are in one of the Exchange schools for AHO you can apply as an exchange student. The deadline for applicaiton is 1st April.

To apply go to  



RSD8 IIT ID Chicago Call for Abstracts

Systems Change for Governance: Design + Networks + Activation

RSD8  Relating Systems Thinking and Design

October 17-19, 2019    IIT – Institute of Design

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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  • How can organizations engage and activate networks for reimagining livelihoods and the platforms for supporting them?
  • What is the role of leaders—including designers—in designing sustainable solutions that reimagine the interconnectivity of social, technical and ecological infrastructures?
  • How can socially-focused entrepreneurs prototype large-scale transformations that weave together new technological developments and more equitable and inclusive solutions?
  • Where might we learn from alternative or emerging models of developing and scaling access, inclusion, and equity in large-scale transformation initiatives involving multiple stakeholders?
  • What ethical and ecological principles — such as social justice, regenerativity, transparency, and “fit”— should inform how we enable systemic change in action?


Follow this link to read more and register: >>>>>



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