2013/12 Design Flaws and Service System Breakdowns: Learning from Systems Thinking

Author

David Ing

Abstract

In what ways might systems thinking be helpful to designers? In the 21st century, the types of project with which designers have become engaged has expanded to include service systems. Service systems are typically composites of mechanisms, organisms, human beings and ecologies. Systems thinking is a perspective with theories, methods and practices that enables transcending disciplinary boundaries. Application of systems thinking in designing a service system can aid in surfacing potential flaws and/or anticipating future breakdowns in functions, structures and/or processes. Designers and systems thinkers should work together to improve the nature of service systems. As a starter set into these conversations, seven conditions are proposed as a starting context. These conditions are presented neither as rigourously defined nor as exhaustive, but as an entry point into future joint engagement.

Citation

David Ing, "Design Flaws and Service System Breakdowns: Learning from Systems Thinking", Proceedings of RSD2 Relating Systems Thinking and Design 2013, AHO (The Oslo School of Architecture and Design).

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