The project will investigate these questions through critical case studies, interviews with architectural practices from various cultural backgrounds and historical studies, and new theoretical positioning of the subject. The project will connect to disciplines outside architecture such as anthropology, economics, facilities management, and politics.
As a first step in the Spring of 2023 the project hosted 5 lectures and discussions with research partners locating issues of maintenance in various locations: Japan (Keigo Kobayashi), Former Yugoslavia (Maroje Mrduljas), Finland (Jonas Malmberg), Belgium (Victoria van Kan, ROTOR) and Seychelles Islands (Helene Frichot).
Research on the role of maintenance from a cultural viewpoint as a practice that prolongs the endurance of buildings and places and their capacity to promote the well-being of materials, structures, environments, and societies is lacking. In the past, technology and research around technical solutions have been considered to be the answer to upholding our buildings and cities. Architects of the modern period have neither taken maintenance into serious account when designing their buildings, nor has it been treated as a concern within disciplinary research. This gap in research has led to a lack of knowledge that is differentiated according to cultures and places.
- Project leaders (contact person): Ruth Baumeister/Carolina Dayer
- Participating AAA researchers: Urszula Kozminska, Nuria Casais
This research project is a part of Research Lab 2