Note — Feb 07, 2021


Another recurring theme here, with maintenance and repair. The authors “decouple design and innovation by thinking through two possible relationships between repair and design: repair as design and designing for repair.” Their paper relates to design and architecture in the Strelka piece and can easily be read as a component of the speculative Luddites’ philosophy above.

Design has historically operated in the service of the powerful, ever concealing the ugliness of global capitalist exploitation. In this context, repair has often been understood as the unfashionable antithesis to design: repair is seen as making do rather than innovating; repair happens in the face of austerity. […]

[R]epair is the expression of care, and therefore a way of making ethical decisions about design within complex and traumatized ecological systems. […]

Designing for repair includes considerations of durability, longevity and material affordances. Designing for repair means keeping knowledge exchanges open. […]

[R]epair brings design more deeply (through theory) and more slowly (through practice) into critical conversations about more-than-human ecosystems, and about design’s culpability in environmental degradation.