Repair Design opens up informed, realistic and meaningful public discussion about repair practices, capacities and limitations in an Australian context. This research reframes repair as a design practice, and in doing so openly acknowledges design’s culpability in environmental degradation and waste. Understanding the relationship between repair and design is necessary for the development of stronger policy, for more responsible design practice and for the open sharing of material knowledge and digital information.
By making connections between designers, repairers, manufacturers, consumer advocates and legal experts, we are in the process of uncovering what design needs to become in the context of repair and reuse, such that it can deliver the most meaningful change as part of a patchwork of disciplines and stakeholders.
A UTS Design Studies Project
We acknowledge the Gadigal People of the Eora and the Boorooberongal People of the Dharug Nation upon whose ancestral lands our campuses now stand. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.
Project commencement funding has been provided by the Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building, UTS. This project is also supported by a UTS Social Impact Grant 2019.