RSD9 Workshops

16 workshops, hosted online from Belgium, Canada, Colombia, France, India, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Thailand, UK, and USA.

Circularity as Unifying Concept in Systemic Design for Sustainability?

WORKSHOP: Sunday, October 11, 2020 | 7:00 PM IST. Tobias Luthe, Angel Lamar, Birger Sevaldson, Tine Hegli, Marianne Storen Berg, and Peter Hemmersam, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Futures Design, Language and Systems – Towards languaging pluriversal futures

WORKSHOP: Friday, October 9, 2020 | 5:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Palak Dudani and Andrew Morrison, Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Mapping the Political Economy of Design

WORKSHOP: Friday, October 9, 2020 | 7:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Joanna Boehnert and Simon Downs, Loughborough University

Power Tools for Collaborative Modelling of Socioeco-Sustainment

WORKSHOP: Friday, October 9, 2020 | 7:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Nicole Norris, Maya Hoveskog, Francesca Ostuzzi, Peter Jones, and Antony Upward

Virtual-Real MOOCS: Designing Resilient Regenerative Systems

WORKSHOP: Friday, October 9, 2020 | 5:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Tobias Luthe, Birger Sevaldson, Silvia Barbero, Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer and Justyna Swat

Practicing the Worlds We Want: Prefigurative design for revolutionary transformation

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 7:30 PM IST. Facilitators: Ariana Lutterman & Tara Campbell from Superorganism

Hearth, Home and Well-being

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 7:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Sucharita Beniwal & Swagata Naidu, National Institute of Design

The Hippie Movement Discussed as Systemic Change

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 5:00 PM IST. Facilitator: Birger Sevaldson, Oslo School of Design

Leveraging Tensions in Systemic Design

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 5:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer, Jan-Carel Diehl, Ella Jamsin, Jotte de Koning, Rebecca Price and Nynke Tromp, Delft University of Technology

Bringing Systemic Design to Communities with the Circular Design Lab

WORKSHOP: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 5:30 AM IST. Facilitators: Chris Oestereich & Courtney Savie Lawrence, Circular Design Lab

Introducing and Testing a Systemic Design Practice Framework

WORKSHOP: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | 5:30 am IST/10:00 AM AEST. Facilitator: Emma Blomkamp. Limited to 25 participants

Reordering our Priorities through Systems Change Learning

WORKSHOP: Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 5:30 AM IST. Facilitators: Zaid Khan, David Ing, Dan Eng, Kelly Okamuara, and Zemina Meghji

Control vs. Care: Frameworks for Systems Redesign During COVID-19

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 5:30 AM IST. Facilitators: Jonathan Healey and Sydney M. Luken

Intervening in Power Dynamics: Introducing a new tool for talking about, analyzing, and shifting power

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 8:00 PM IST/9:30 AM CST. Facilitators: Lyndon Valicenti and Rae Perez, Daylight

Kogui’s Systemic Thinking for Sustainable Design of Habitats in Colombia and Worldwide

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 5:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Eduardo Mazuera & Laura Niño Caceres.

What Does Belonging Mean? A framing and network approach to tackle loneliness among students

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 7:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Eva Legemaate, Marie Van den Bergh, and Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer, Delft University of Technology. Maximum of 15 participants

Futures Design, Language and Systems – Towards languaging pluriversal futures

Friday, October 9, 2020 | 5:00 PM IST

Facilitators: Palak Dudani and Andrew Morrison, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Country: Norway
3-hour online workshop

Read the full workshop description ⇒

Introduction

Words and language are inextricably linked with a designer’s ability to shape futures, both productively and analytically. In this workshop, the participants will be introduced to a suite of tools curated for an exploration into the role of language within futures design projects. This workshop aims to build an understanding towards ‘languaging’ of futures and open a systems-level enquiry into challenges of imagining alternative and pluriversal futures within design. Fuel4Design is a three year Erasmus + Project (www.fuel4design.org) and this workshop will build on the work done within its first work package called ‘A Lexicon of Design Futures Literacies’.

Design, Language, Futures and Systems

Complex relations between systems, knowledge and action need to be shaped while examining and working towards transforming those very relations for the better. Previously solution-centric, formalist and modernist notions of planning and prediction and design progress are inadequate for responding to a world that needs what we term ‘urgent design’ (Morrison 2019b). There is a need for Design to rapidly and responsibly address ways to work with survivable, sustainable futures (Fry, 2009) and their ongoing participative enactment. Working towards shaping shared futures is crucial when it’s about systemic transition with a focus on wellbeing. There is an inherent connection between multimodal design and multisensory futures, especially when focusing on plurality/multiplicity of futures. This is a matter of working towards futures, not simply planning nor prediction. Words convey and communicate our designs for and about the futures; those designed futures also impact on how we use terms and concepts, definitions and expressions in our wider design discourse. As designers we use language to be able to describe, define, annotate, orient, critique and interpret our actions, processes, partnerings and products. As words are situated in communities of practice and use, it’s important to bring focus on the language we use through our design vocabulary. How design goes about ‘languaging the future’ is then likely to become all the more important.

The Workshop

This workshop deals with the topic of Futures Design, with a focus on how we as designers ‘language’ this future. Early versions of this workshop have been conducted with doctoral researchers at Oslo School of Architecture and Design and PoliMi (as a part of their summer school). This three-hour workshop has been modified for professionals. Its purpose is to position the topic of ‘languaging the future’ from a systemic point of view and open it up for discussion through self-reflexive activities consisting of reading, writing and web-based interactives. The workshop will accept a maximum of 20 participants and will take place in four phases.

Conclusion

The workshop raises questions of language discourses, issues of mediations and representations, especially when working on futures with systemic implications. It leaves the participants with the knowledge of vocabulary, framing and languaging of the ‘pluriversal futures’. As experienced with the interactive tool ‘reflexicovid’, the workshop not only deals with the issues of the present thrown into the speculations of ‘futures’, but also brings the questions of futures into the present.