Decay, Maintenance and Repair Symposium - Sabir Khan, Andrew Russell
From Kathryn Gentilello on May 4th, 2018
How do decay, maintenance and repair figure in the design, fabrication, and use of buildings, devices, and systems? Would attention to impermanence -- how things age, deteriorate, become obsolete, or break down -- and an ethos repairability -- how we maintain, service, restore, and repair them -- help us acknowledge and address the contingency and entropy of what we design, specify, and produce?The speakers invited to this symposium explore these questions from diverse disciplinary perspectives and at different scales: from textile, crafts, and devices, to products, buildings, infrastructure. All address the long tail of what we make and use -- their multiple entanglements in time, in history, in technology, and in everyday life after their designers and engineers have left the scene.