Third Certificate of Advanced Studies in Regenerative Systems: Systemic Design

The third Certificate of Advanced Studies “CAS ETH in Regenerative Systems: Systemic Design” is launching: Application period is August 1-31, 2024

Systemic Design: Navigating scientific, designerly and embodied methods and practices

This CAS is the third out of a series of three CAS, leading to the MAS Master of Advanced Studies ETH in Regenerative Systems. The CAS’ build upon each other but can be taken in isolation and in different order. Each CAS’ theoretical and language base is the respective MOOC#1-3.

The emerging field or “sphere” of Systemic Design is not a discipline but a post-discipline – a hybrid combination of science, design and systems thinking-sensing, a set of challenge-based navigation processes, techniques and cultures. In Systemic Design we ask questions to enact complexity through reflexive processes:

How do we enact uncertainty, immanent in complex systems? How do we navigate between science, design and practice for intervening desired change? How do we curate inner practices for building holistic resilience of social-ecological systems? How does systems sensing relate with systemic innovation? How does Systemic Design spur regeneration? And how can all such help us to navigate, to guide, along identified challenges in the direction of desired resilience and regeneration?

Navigating in complexity

In Systemic Design we combine quantitative scientific methods such as social network analysis, life cycle assessment or land use mapping by geospatial data, qualitative scientific methods such as interviews or design workshops, designerly methods like visual dialogue or systems narratives, with embodied practices specific to enact the individual setting, such as the didactic Systemic Cycles, or forms of deep listening.

How do we navigate as designers, systems scientists, organic engineers, intervenors, weavers, nudgers, holistic planners, collaborative architects, curious practitioners – through emergent, largely un-plannable and emergent challenges – in a direction of desirable resilience, toward designing for regeneration within complex systems?

In this Systemic Design CAS, we train both directly relevant scientific methods and designerly methods in the context of navigating living systems and their applied relevance to real-world challenges.

Self-reflexivity by the researcher(s) is key, through consciously curating a meta-perspective “view from above”/”meta-design”/”mental scaffolding”, with recursive processes of guiding the systemic design research: based on the main real-world challenge, repetitively asking questions by sensing the systems, remaining flexible to activate various types of hybrid methods and practices, from “hard” science to “soft” embodiment.

Field design trip to Mallorca, Spain

After a virtual course warm-up with a first live conversations with invited experts mid-October, and the initiation of each participants’ personal QUEST project as learning navigation spine, we embark on the physical core of this CAS – the in-person field design trip. The whole CAS cohort – maximum size 20 participants – meets for a one-week real-world immersion trip to the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, where we explore and embody hidden facets of bioregional regenerative weaving of the Balearic archipelago. We will meet with DRRS-lecturer Daniel Wahl to guide as through his lens of being a Balearic weaver for 15 years, and how he has been weaving towards regenerative futures. This period in autumn is ideal for a visit – the tourist season is over, the sea is warm, and the almonds, figs, and other fruits are ripe.

We will discover secluded farms, hike the Tramuntana mountains, swim and dive in a marine protected area with local biologists while the sea is warm, embark on a Systemic Cycles tour and live off the abundant wild food, and slow down on a 24 hours “solo” time in the mountains.

Application period: 01.08.- 31.08.2024
Start: October 14th, 2024 (virtual)
Duration: 5 months part-time, with virtual teachings (mainly virtual evening live conversations) mid-October ’24 until end of February ’25, and a final CAS deliverable until the end of March ’25. A xmas/New Years vacation period is kept free from 9.12.24-6.1.25. can be combined with the flexible program schedule.
Credit points: 12 ECTS. Field design trip: 26.10.–03.11.2024 to Mallorca

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