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Attempting to fly: Deployment of system-oriented design methodology conducted by the Norwegian Design Council

Wildhagen, Benedicte, Bang, Knut and Paulsen, Adrian (2013) Attempting to fly: Deployment of system-oriented design methodology conducted by the Norwegian Design Council. In: Relating Systems Thinking and Design 2013 Symposium Proceedings, 9-11 Oct 2013, Oslo, Norway.


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A metaphore
Albatrosses are amongst the largest of flying birds. They are known to cover
thousands of miles in a short space of time, they fly high and low, with such little
effort that they can complete a full circle around the Earth in just over a month.
An albatross's takeoff on the other hand, is an embarrassingly clumsy affair. On
land they have to run, using a 'runway' area of flat open ground, usually placed on
the windiest part of the breeding island, and sloping downhill to increase speed.
They face downhill, into the wind, and start a headlong run with wings
outstretched, this combined with a couple of flaps, usually gets them into the air.
When landing on land they use their tails and webbed feet as ‘air brakes' and, if they
are still too fast when they land, they may topple forward rather comically onto
their beaks.
What does this have to do with systems oriented design (SOD)?
SOD is still maturing as a methodology and is not easy to communicate. To explain
how we see SOD we use this metaphore. Our part in the developement of SOD so
far has been as sensors and bridging partner to the Oslo School of Architecture and
Design (AHO) and as an orchestrator of projects. This paper will focus on how the
collaboration with AHO has put the Norwegian Design Council in a position to stage
the necessary circumstances to get SOD projects in the air, and describe a specific
case and its main p

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2018 15:37
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 18:45
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2177

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