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Maintenance as self-care

– by Linda McIntyre Hello again! It’s hard to believe that my fellowship with The Maintainers is winding down already. What an unanticipated pleasure it has been to collaborate with this community and learn so much from them, and from … More →

Repair (Café) workshops in a Repair Country : Part 2

– by Himadri Das and Purna Sarkar Please refer to Part 1 for the first part of this blog post. Salvaging parts for the sake of frugality or urban mining but not necessarily for the sake of circular economy. Salvaging … More →

Call for Applications: The Maintainers Movement Fellowship 2022

Overview The Maintainers (themaintainers.org) is a global research network interested in the concepts of maintenance, infrastructure, repair, and the myriad forms of labor and expertise that sustain our human-built world. The Maintainers Movement Fellowship is a year-long fellowship that will … More →

Repair (Café) workshops in a Repair Country : Part 1

– by Himadri Das and Purna Sarkar India is a repair country. This phrase encapsulates many different layers of meanings. It suggests that repair is ubiquitous in Indian cities and wrapped up deeply in frugal culture. It seems very important … More →

Design, Care & Reparations

– by Sarah Sao Mai Habib Early in 2021, designers, architects, planners, educators, policymakers, and artists came together to reflect on the massive transitional time we live in: a year into the covid pandemic and a year after the most … More →

Maintaining Communities Built on Sand

– by Linda McIntyre Hello and thanks for reading! I’m really excited to be one of The Maintainers’ 2021 Summer Research Fellows. I’m looking at the tradeoffs between maintenance and ecological stewardship. I’m still refining my approach but I know … More →

Welcome to our Maintenance Research Fellows Summer 2021!

We are thrilled to announce our cohort of Maintenance Summer Research Fellows for 2021! Over the course of the next two months, our Summer fellows will conduct research in their chosen maintenance sphere of interest. Their research will contribute to … More →

Call for Maintenance Research Fellows – Summer 2021

Overview: The Maintainers (themaintainers.org) is a global research network interested in the concepts of maintenance, infrastructure, repair, and the myriad forms of labor and expertise that sustain our human-built world. We are seeking: Applicants for up to three research fellow … More →

An Astronomical Collapse: Implications of Engineering Design Decisions on the In-Service Performance of an Unprecedented Structure

This post is written by Maintainers community member Julie Mark Cohen. See her bio below. During the Cold War by the mid-late 1950s, the U.S. military conceived the Arecibo Observatory “to aid in the research and development of ballistic missile … More →

Announcing 3 Years of Sloan Foundation Support

We’re delighted to share news that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has approved three years of funding for The Maintainers, to support and extend a movement that promotes the importance of maintenance in technology and society. This award, which covers … More →