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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 →

COVID-19 and Maintainers

Dear all, We’ve been thinking a lot about all of you, the members of The Maintainers community as well as all of the maintainers out there keeping our world going during this startling and troubling moment. We know that members … More →

Why Do People Neglect Maintenance?

This post is by The Maintainers Co-Directors Andy, Jess, and Lee. A big part of our job involves talking to other people about maintenance and how both maintenance and the lives of Maintainers can be improved in our culture today. … More →

Introducing Jessica Meyerson, Our New Maintainers Co-Director

The Maintainers has been changing a lot over the past few years. We (Andy Russell and Lee Vinsel) got The Maintainers going first by making jokes online. Soon thereafter, and with the help of many others, we organized two conferences … More →

Maintaining Disabled Bodies and Identities: The Body as Evidence (2)

This is the second of two interrelated posts by the disability studies scholar Hanna Herdegen who is pursuing a PhD in Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech. “What have you got in there, rocks?” I’ve gotten comments on the … More →