RSD7 De-Conference

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 Ostana, Valle Po, Italy

27/28 October 2018



Research on Systemic Design

The four days main conference - at Politecnico Torino

1 day workshops, 3 days conference, 4 keynote speeches, 75 presentations, much inspiration...

23-26 October 2018

From Models to Toolkits

RSD7 was a highly inspiring conference at the Lingotto Campus of Politecnico Torino, organized by the Systemic Design group of the Department Architecture and Design (DAD).

Co-hosted by the Systemic Design Association (SDA)

So what comes next?

Following next: the De-Conference in the nearby mountains

2 days - 20 Nations - 50 people

After the main RSD7 conference "Research on Systemic Design" organized by and taking place at Politecnico Torino, the following first RSD De-Conference was organized by the MonViso Insitute in Ostana, Valle Po - about 2h from Torino.


The De-Conference should allow for (further) joint time to digest the main conference, to discuss, network, and provide time and space to settle the impressions from the days before.


Welcome in Ostana

Silvia Rovere of the Rifugio Galaberna welcomes 50 people from all over Europe and the world in Ostana

The days before


Dario Toso of the MonViso Institute preparing on-site communication tools. well as the whole team preparing the MVI campus in Ostana, Serre Lamboi, until late night.

The cloudy and wet weather guided our focus on the nearby details

and the fellows around us

Food for Thought

Local food and food for thoughts were jointly offered at the Centro Polifunzionale "Lou Pourtoun" in Sant' Antonio

Anyone listening?

Alex Ryan helps capture attention for the only upfront slides presentation input on the vision and transition process of the evolving MonViso Institute (MVI) and the community of Ostana.

Walk up to the MonViso Institute campus - in full transition with the building "Il Doppio"


Drinks, Snacks & Chats

Local organic juice and apples were provided by "Il Frutto Permesso" in nearby Bibiana

Energized by 100% surrounding wood "Nur Holz" by Rombach/Casa Salute

Systemic Design Illustrations

Illustration of systemic design at five experiential stations on campus

Water systems, free-flowing and self-cleaning "Vortex", and the "memory" of water
Food systems, Permaculture & Agro-Ecology
Wool and hemp fiber systems: felt your own wool-bowl and break hemp the traditional way
Ostana, community systems and tourism
Architecture, construction and building materials, incl. hemp-paulownia composites in skis


The Fab Lab, one of the six MVI campus buildings "in spe"

Visit to Agriturismo "A nostro mizoun" ("our home" in Occitan language)

Roberto gave us insights into their economic system high up on the mountain: we observed the only 100% local cashmere wool supply chain in Italy, from goat to fashion all up here (and soon available for sale via crowdfunding)

Then - a delightful dinner and great talks

Homemade and locally grown, seasonal dishes prepared with love
Local organic wine tasting by "Le Mairie" vineyards, Barge
Home made liquors, especially Genepy, Genziano and Genzianella

Next morning


(and the weather was much better today)

Exploring Ostana and learning about the many great initiatives up here

Ostana - an open book - un libro aperto

Tasteful moments

Another delicious lunch prepared in the Polifunctional building "Lou Pourtoun" in Sant' Antonio

Homegrown veggie appetizers
Potato soup from our own campus potatoes, grown on 1500m asl
Fresh and hot focaccia bread, prepared live by Flavio, Allie and Chiara
Roasted chestnuts from local trees
Soy cream desert
Local organic apple juice and wine

Hmmmm what a treat - thank you Melanie for making this happen!



The only "work" time of the weekend:

Please, systemic designers - where do you see Ostana and the MonViso Institute in the year 2030?

Final feedback from the design workshops

and the official GOOD BYE

A local gift to take home for everyone

Cup saucer from local Laburnum alpinum wood, engraved with the burnt-in MonViso logo, and a hemp string from our campus

A seed ball felt from local wool, with seeds of local edible herbs and flours

Thanks Fridi for your time of creating these thoughtful gifts

Thank you Grazie mille Danke sehr Merci bien Muchas gracias

Great having you had in Ostana

Save travels back home - see you at RSD8 in Chicago Oct 17-19th, 2019