Understanding repair as a creative process of everyday design

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Maestri, Leah, & Wakkary, Ron. (2011). Understanding repair as a creative process of everyday design. Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition (C&C '11), 81-90. doi:10.1145/2069618.2069633

Date created: 
2011
Keywords: 
Repair
Reuse
Everyday design
Creativity
Appropriation
Abstract: 

This paper presents the findings from an exploratory study that looks at how creativity plays a role in the repair and reuse of objects in the home. We are interested in a particular form of creativity that manifests in the everyday – what John Dewey [8] describes as a constant doing and undergoing, as we actively adjust to everyday situations. The goal of this study is to show evidence of repair as not only an act of restoration, but also as an act of creativity that entails the repurposing and resourcing of objects. This study is part of a larger research initiative known as the Everyday Design, where it is believed that everyone is a designer and that design is an ongoing activity that includes the repair, modification, and appropriation of design objects and systems. Furthermore, this study serves as baseline research for future investigations in how to inform the design of technologies whose lifecycle can be extended for various contexts of use through repair.

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English
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Article
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