Outside the Skin

Systems Approaches to Society’s Larger Structural Issues

Darla Lindberg



8" x 11" (Portrait)
Soft bound with Flaps
Publication date: 
Fall 2018
Rights world: 


Outside the Skin: systems approaches to society’s larger structural issues, takes a whole-systems look into the mechanisms behind the production of the built environment (read currency, power and influence). Organized around systems of Doubt, Indeterminacy and Synchronicity, the messy topics of selfinterest, cooperation and coordination are framed within five rational game-theoretic games developed by social scientist and Nobel Laureate in Economics, Elinor Ostrom. Intent on presenting a novel systems-wide approach to thesis originality, the work aims to be a resource positioning a critical stance in relation to questions of social justice and equity within design research.



About the author: 

Darla V. Lindberg is a registered architect and a professor of architecture at Pennsylvania State University, being the first woman in the over 100-year history of the department to be tenured and promoted and then to be promoted to full professor. Having recently held a two-year Endowed Chair of Design Innovation for her work in systems dynamics as it affects thesis thinking in design, Darla also gave a TED talk on the invitation, “What motivates influential people?” She grew up on a 1,500-acre grain farm in North Dakota where, as natural systems farmers, life and living were both seamless and expansive. Located in the middle of the Bakken Shale, one of the largest oil developments in the US, she witnessed the horrors of coal strip mining in that powerfully productive landscape. Not surprisingly, her undergraduate architectural thesis tackled environmentalism, strip coal mining, land reclamation, and corporate greed in the design of a scheduled and unscheduled maintenance facility and headquarters for North American Coal Corporation.