The Promise of Systemic Designing: Giving Form to Water

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The world is understood to be more complex and dynamic than previously thought. Design is understood to be a deeper mystery than previously assumed. Design creates reality. Humans have engaged in design activities – designing – from the beginning of history, but little is known of its true nature or full potential. Familiar approaches to design and design education no longer match the real-world necessities and expectations of modern societies. Everything is connected, and it is difficult, or it seems often impossible, to determine what course of action is prudent when designing within such complexity. Systemic design is an emergent means for creating desired change that takes a broader stance and deeper approach to designing than is the norm nowadays. Creating educational experiences that prepare designers for competent professional practice in the world today requires a systemic design approach.


Complexity Design Design praxis Design scholarship Systems Systemics Systemic design Design learning Systems learning Systemic design education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computer ScienceUniversity of MontanaMissoulaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Eugene Kowch
    • 1
  1. 1.Werklund School of EducationUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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