Birger Sevaldson

Birger Sevaldson
Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) · institute of design

PhD

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Introduction
Birger Sevaldson currently works at the institute of design, Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). Birger does research in Systems Oreinted Design See www.systemsorienteddesign.net www.systemic-design.net www.ocean-designresearch.net

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Publications (39)
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Social exclusion needs to be studied from a comprehensive and exploratory perspective as a complex and systemic social problem, and there is an urgent need to promote social transformation towards an inclusive society. Over the past decade, Speculative Design has shown great potential as a critical approach to exploring the future and dealing with...
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This special issue of FormAkademisk comprises a selection of articles developed from presentations at the seventh Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD7) symposium, held at Politecnico di Torino, Turin, October 23-26, 2018 (Barbero, 2018). RSD7 saw the launch of the Systemic Design Association (SDA), a membership organisation for the expanding...
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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 approac...
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This paper investigates the application of co-creation sessions as a method in the early phases of development projects. The target is to do an early validation of stakeholder needs prior to project start. Co-creation sessions engage key stakeholders to share knowledge in collaborative exercises to gain a mutual understanding of the problem and bui...
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This paper investigates the application of co‐creation sessions as a method in the early phases of development projects. The target is to do an early validation of stakeholder needs prior to project start. Co‐creation sessions engage key stakeholders to share knowledge in collaborative exercises to gain a mutual understanding of the problem and bui...
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This special issue of FormAkademisk comprises a selection of articles developed from presentations at the seventh Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD7) symposium, held at Politecnico di Torino, Turin, 23th-26th October 2018 (Barbero, 2018). A second collection from RSD7 is also planned to be published in FormAkademisk during 2020, continuing...
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When is Systemic Design (SD) regenerative? When does SD contribute to the societal sustainability transition? Systems thinking is not inherently good. For example, the practice of SD without ethical values and direction could be used to develop unsustainable land use policies that are resilient against changing them towards becoming restorative, su...
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The sixth Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium (RSD6 2017) was held at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Norway in October 2017. The central theme of the symposium was “Environment, Economy, Democracy: Flourishing Together”, and called for contributions on democratic participation and policy innovation, sustainable business in...
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The fourth special issue of FormAkademisk on the theme of Systemic Design features articles from RSD5 2016 held at OCADU, Toronto October 13 to 15. The themes of these five full papers are covering development of the design field at large, methodology development and practice of learning and education. The other main thread in this issue is sustain...
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This working paper proposes a critical re-examination of the dominant and spreading logic of user centric design (UCD). The recognition and application of UCD has reached far beyond the design realm and is spreading into business and engineering environments, as a critique towards selfcentred perspectives in those areas. As such, it is justified an...
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Around 2005 the concept of Systems Oriented Design (SOD) was slowly emerging. This happened organically through experimental design practice and education-based R&D at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Centrally in SOD is Gigamapping, a technique to map out, contextualize, and relate complex systems, their environment and bigger landscape...
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The Second Symposium of Relating Systems Thinking and Design was held in Oslo, Norway at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design 9-11 October, 2013. The second Oslo symposium engaged over 120 participants in the emerging renaissance of systems thinking in design. The emerging context is being revealed in transdisciplinary responses to increasin...
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This special issue of Form Akademisk captures some of the systemic design thinking and research presented at the RSD3 conference, held in Oslo, Norway in 2014, and the RSD4 conference, held in Banff, Canada in 2015. These two conferences offered a range of submissions encompassing the fields of design, systemics, public policy, healthcare, and othe...
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The resent movement of Systemic Design seeks for new synergies between Design and Systems. While the usefulness of systems approaches in design has been fairly obvious, this paper argues that many core concepts in design are beneficial in systems thinking. This seems reasonable when it comes to the concept of Design Thinking. However, as this paper...
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The main author is using transdisciplinary studio courses as a research tool in the field of performative wood. Through sharing the knowledge between architectural, environmental design, and wood science researchers and students, we managed to develop complex 1:1 scale prototypes. The course process is a learning arena for students, teachers and re...
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The present paper discusses the possibilities of a relationship between academy, NGOs and practice in Research by Design on the case study of the first author’s PhD research in performative wood and chairing of NGO Collaborative Collective, o.s. (http:// www.collaborativecollective.cc/) The more common link to commercial practice in this case might...
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Designers increasingly find themselves working in unfamiliar fields with high levels of complexity. One such field is the offshore industry. Through qualitative research interviews with eight industrial and interaction designers, we have investigated how designers experience designing for the Norwegian offshore industry, identified the challenges d...
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The role of the Gigamap is constantly developing. This process has not been an intentional process but a process of discovery. By looking at some obvious roles of the Gigamap closer new concepts crystallize. This working paper reports on the rethinking of the Gigamap as a tool to design a shared picture of complex systems for systemic design interv...
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This issue, Relating Systems Thinking and Design I – Practical Advances in Systemic Design, along with Issue 7:4, Relating Systems Thinking II – Theoretical Evolution in Systemic Design, together form a double special issue of FORMakademisk on the theory and practice of Systemic Design.
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Ship design is a collaborative exercise that involves many participants from numerous disciplines, who are expected to manage a demanding set of requirements with a broad range of possible design outcomes. It is then usually a challenge to connect several highly specialised experts, each bringing their own perspective and tools, into a collective e...
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AHO – Oslo School of Architecture & Design, Norway, invites to the Relating Systems Thinking and Design to a free and open symposium over two days 9th-11th October 2013, with a preceding full day with diverse workshops and a subsequent special issue in FORMakademisk.
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Designers are especially well suited to cope with the complexity of the real world because of three reasons: they are trained to synthesise solutions from complex and fuzzy material and they are good at visualising which is an enormous advantage for thinking in complexity. Finally they are creative people trained to come up with new solutions. Ther...
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Designers and design is facing ever growing challenges from an increasingly complex world. Making design matter means to cope with these challenges and to be able to enter new important design fields where design can play a crucial role. To achieve this we need to become better at coping with super-complexity. Systems Oriented Design is a new versi...
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The main approach of this paper is to look at design research from a systems-oriented perspective. This implies that design research is understood as a dynamic and emergent field of interrelated or contradicting thoughts, concepts and ideas. The first three sections of this paper draw cross-sections into the emerging richness in design research as...
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Research by Design is the theme of this first special guest edited issue of FORMakademisk. In this issue we look into a growing domain of design research that takes up relations between practice and theory that are pertinent for inquiry in the interdisciplinary approaches and frameworks that are often central to research in design (Rust et al. 2005...
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The main approach of this paper is to look at design research from a systems-oriented perspective. This implies that design research is understood as a dynamic and emergent field of interrelated or contradicting thoughts, concepts and ideas. The first three sections of this paper draw cross-sections into the emerging richness in design research as...
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This paper introduces a new perspective on systems thinking in design related to sustainability. We argue that designers need to look at sustainability in an integrated manner where technical, economical and social aspects are embedded in an ecological holistic view. Sustainability is not just another requirement in the design process but needs to...
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This paper introduces and discusses a Rich Research Space as an inclusive methodological framework and scaffold for research-by-design. The Rich Research Space especially addresses the issue of richness in design processes and design-led research. There is a general trend towards increased complexity in design processes, caused on one hand by the i...
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--Oslo School of Architecture and Design, 2005. Includes bibliographical references (p. 351-357).
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Designing Time is an experimental design studio at the Oslo School of Architecture, where the students are engaged in time based issues. The studio serves as a laboratory to invent, develop and test strategies and techniques relevant to time based design. Working with time helps students to develop the ability to investigate relations and systems a...
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To fully benefit from the potential of computer technology in the design process it is necessary to rethink design methodology. New design strategies have to be developed from scratch, strategies which are specially designed to engage the potential of computer technology as well as to address the general problem of complexity within the interplay o...
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The resent development of graphical 2D and 3D design tools has led to a new state of visualisation in the design process. A whole range of visual representation-forms have emerged and gained increasing importance and influence on the design process, and hence the final result. From this follows that visual thinking is more important than ever. The...
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At some architectural schools and in some few practices, students, tutors and architects are inventing and exploring new techniques and design strategies adapted to the use of computers. In many of those cases the computer is used as a means to apply generative material in the design process. Though the arguments for doing this are many and diverse...
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1.1. The themes in this theses 16 1.1.1. Mind the mind gap 16 1.1.2. Prologue: The World Center for Human Concerns 17 1.1.3. Creative computer use 26 1.1.4. Design strategies and techniques 31 1.2. Overview 33 1.2.1. Main issues 34 1.2.2. The material 36 1.2.3. The framework of this thesis 37 2. CURRENT STATE AND BACKGROUND 39 2.1. New tools, old t...

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The two special issues of FormAkademisk comprise a selection of articles developed from presentations at the seventh Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD7) Symposium, held at Politecnico di Torino, Turin, 23th-26th October 2018 (Barbero, 2018). The first edition was released in the January 2020 and the second is planned to be released in autumn 2020.
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Linking Systems-thinking and Design Thinking in Architecture