RSD12-Nordmarka Forest

Wed Oct 11 2023 at 05:00 pm to Fri Oct 13 2023 at 04:00 pm

Studenterhytta | Oslo

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RSD12-Nordmarka Forest
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About this Event

RSD12-NORDMARKA FOREST is an immersive hub event connected to 13 others around the world as RSD12: Entangled in Emergence, the annual Relating Systems Thinking and Design symposium.


The RSD12-Nordmarka Forest hub invites you to the Nordmarka forest. The forest is a metaphor for a plurality of regenerative minds, design and a sense of being. Further, it mirrors a holistic and open exploration of methods for multi-stakeholder connections and builds resilient, inclusive, and sustainable solutions to complex problems.


The Studenterhytta is located on a hill with a beautiful view of the forest. It is located 40min away from Oslo Central Station with public transport and a 1-hour walk on an easy but slightly uphill gravel road (not accessible by car).

There are three main buildings that form a yard; Kjellerberget Restaurant, the family cabin and the large OSI cabin with, among other things, bedrooms (for 60 people), a living room with a fireplace and a shower. The sanitary facilities are basic as other Norwegian hytta (e.g., shared showers and bathroom outside).

The place is within the field boundary; you can get here on foot, by bike or by skis. Studenterhytta is nearby by Blankvann Lake and is a Landscape Conservation Area due to the vibrant flora and many rare flowers and plant species.


The price for a ticket to join the forest retreat in Nordmarka is 3750 nok, excluding Eventbrite fees.

This price includes accommodation for 2 nights, 2x dinners, 2x breakfasts, 2x lunches, access to a shared kitchen, common living space, sauna and access to sanitary facilities.

Accommodation consists of 5 rooms with 8 beds and 4 rooms with 4 beds.

We have 25 spots available.

Ticket Refund Policy: You have until the 14th of September to request a full refund for your ticket. 
For any refund requests received after that date, we will handle them on a case-by-case basis. Please keep in mind that there are no guarantees for receiving a refund after the deadline.

RSD12 Online tickets must be bought separately: This registration and payment only covers the RSD12 Nordmarka Hub. If you want access to the rest of RSD 12 Online events, you need to purchase an additional ticket.

SDA-Norway coordinating team

RSD12-Nordmarka Forest is coordinated by



SDA Norway (SDA-NO) is an informal national pilot chapter of the Systemic Design Association (SDA). It is an active and collaborative network engaged in building a local systemic design community in Norway (based in the Oslo region). SDA-NO gathers practitioners, academic design researchers and teachers in systemic design, particularly interested in systems oriented design (SOD) in Norway. An offspring of SOD is the Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD) symposia, which began with the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in 2012 and resulted in the founding of the Systemic Design Research Network and later, the Systemic Design Association, founded in 2018.

The purpose of SDA-NO is to support the development, diffusion and celebration of systemic design practice, methodology and theory in the Nordic region.


Angel Lamar, Designit, [email protected]

Marie Van den Bergh, AHO/ frog, [email protected]


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Preliminary programme

The three-day programme will be a combination of slow (reflective) activities, workshops and talks around the topics of ecocentrism, regenerative systems and reflexivity. The final program will be shared at the beginning of September.

Please note: Programme updates are made on a rolling basis. Check the most recent version.

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Reflexivity can help designers better understand their own assumptions and values. This involves reflecting on their own experiences and perspectives.

  • How might these be influencing their approach to the project?
  • How can a design team identify potential biases or blind spots by engaging in a process of reflexivity?
  • How have systemic design and reflexivity been used in combination to promote critical thinking in the design process?

Ecocentrism is an alternative worldview that places all life at the centre instead of just humans. Operating from this paradigm can help make our practice more-than-sustainable in the future.

  • What can designers deeply learn from nature and the way it works?
  • How can designers operate from an Ecocentric perspective before a human-centred perspective? What does this mean?
  • What are the tensions that can emerge by operating from an Ecocentric perspective in a human-centric industry and practice?

Regenerative systems, human or natural, return more value to their environments and actors than what they extract. Systemic design as a practice should be oriented to creating regenerative systems in all senses.

  • How can we make the conditions for regenerative systems to emerge?
  • What shifts in perspective and practice are needed for us to shift towards regenerative systems?
  • How can designers deal with the tensions and conflicts that are bound to come up in system transitions?

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RSD12-NORDMARKA FOREST is an RSD12 hub partner connected via RSD12-ONLINE

RSD12-ONLINE is more than an online event—it's a ticket to over 30 systemic design sessions and dozens of livestreamed presentations from 14 partnered hubs. The two-week programme includes papers, workshops, interactive sessions, systems maps, and guest speakers. The RSD12-ONLINE pass works as a standalone experience or can augment your in-person experience at a hub. Either way, you will be able to jump into a world of systemic design every day from October 6 to October 20. The sessions are scheduled over two weeks to avoid online fatigue, and you can follow several focus areas on your virtual journey.

RSD12-ONLINE tickets are $35–$250 USD |


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Studenterhytta, 167 Svartorseterveien, Oslo, Norway


NOK 3750.00

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