Capitalist modernity, with its emphasis on innovation, growth, and progress, its economic system based on consumerism, wasteful use, and profligacy, has led to a ruthless exploitation of humans and nature. Architecture has played no small part in this, as the statistics on greenhouse gas emissions and construction and demolition waste prove. As a counterstrategy to capitalism’s creative destruction, The Great Repair advocates a focus on repair, in which nurturing, maintenance and repair become the key strategies for action. The project aims to reorient the foundations of our systems of thought and economy toward economies of repair and care, in order for the economy to be re embedded in society, and the latter for its part in the natural environment.
The editorial team with Christian Hiller, Felix Hofmann, Markus Krieger, Anh-Linh Ngo Florian Hertweck, Milica Topalović, and Nazlı Tümerdem will be in conversation with collaborators, contributors and critics Marc Angélil, Silke Langenberg, Momoyo Kaijima, and Bas Princen.
Read the editorial of The Great Repair: Politiken der Reparaturgesellschaft. ARCH+ #250 here. By Florian Hertweck, Christian Hiller, Markus Krieger, Alex Nehmer, Anh-Linh Ngo and Milica Topalović.
The Great Repair launch event opens the latest iteration of the SESSIONS ON TERRITORY—Urbanism in a Broken World, which will continue to present and debate politics and practices of repair throughout the spring.