Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Platform 21

Dispatchwork by Jan Vormann

Platform21 = Repairing
Stop recycling, start repairing!

* 13 Mar 09...31 Aug 09
00 00 - 00 00 Platform21 Prinses Irenestraat 19, 1077 WT Amsterdam (view on map) Prinses Irenestraat 19 1077 WT Amsterdam T +31203449444

Platform21 = Repairing starts from the notion that repair, as a creative, cultural and economical force is underestimated. With this, an incredibly rich body of knowledge, a part of our independence and pleasure could be lost. This situation is especially puzzling if you consider the global interest in other durable visions like recycling, and the cradle-to-cradle philosophy. Hence Platform21 = Repairing wants to create more awareness of a mentality, culture and practice that not so long ago was completely integrated in life and the way we designed it. It is not too late though.

As a start of to what hopefully becomes a reappraisal of repair, especially in Western countries, Platform21 has written a manifesto, describing some of the qualities we believe repair offers. We call upon designers and consumers to break the chain of our throwaway thinking. It is a way of thinking, a culture in itself almost, designed to cater to short term needs of both industry, politics and society. But by being very successful at short term effects it has lost track of the innumerable and rich possibilities that lie ahead if durable notions of design in general, and repair especially, are reconsidered and implemented.

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