There’s an interesting call for projects looking for “the most innovative projects in which repairability plays a significant role in the world.” It is a call for the converse of discard and disposability.
From the site: There is a growing demand for longer lasting objects, things that are no longer destined to die the first time they break.
In the very moment in which a spontaneous bottom-up movement has taken steps to put the focus back on repair as opposed to replacement, industry has to rethink the real life cycle of products. Durability and repairability stop being mere functional issues: they impact the sphere of values we apply to evaluate product quality.
An invitation to redesign production standards, but also our cultural relationship with objects.
For the culture of design and production, all this represents a challenge that can lead to innovation.
The projects can be by individual designers, companies, or groups; makers of innovation are surveyed, with the only prayer to always underline the name of the author of the innovation.
We are looking for:
accessible, simplified, easy to be assembled and disassembled products, updating or adapting projects for industrial products, reconditioned garments, spare parts strategies and programs of post-sales assistance, repairability technologies, re-healable materials, new aesthetics, repair kits, web platforms, DIY 2.0, easy-to-use repair instructions and manuals, architectural refurbishment of the built, photographic reportages, social and territorial programs for the promotion of an economy based on durability and repairability, towards an innovative relationship with objects.
Name of the author, profession, age at the time of the project. Title of the project. Year. Company. Link to site of project/product + link to video (if available).
Description of the characteristics of the project and its innovative content.
Max 100 words.
Images in jpg or png format, 72 dpi and 800 pixel. Max 5 images.
The information should be submitted in English or Italian. Attachments must not be larger than a total of 6MB. Projects, data and credits for each project are submitted under the sole responsibility of the sender. When the survey has been completed, each author will be informed about the use of material submitted.
The verb “to repair”, from the Latin reparare, indicates the possibility of restoring to good condition, but also that of fixing a mistake and, to shift the accent, of defending (shielding, sheltering), namely protecting something precious to us.