Cargo-cycles and Kinship in Kolkata
The labour of repair rooted in tutelage and kinship, and the loyalties and discontents that surround repair worlds regulate social order. They recast questions of interdependence and difference in cities. Kolkata’s cargo-cyclists and repair workers who assemble and maintain these old vehicles redeem the city from its disrepairs. Their location and lives are read against the history of capital, contemporary infrastructure building and the logistics of labour. While tutelage fulfils the promise of labour for those who were previously excluded from it, the kinship fostered in Kolkata’s repair worlds continues to keep workers at the margins of capital and profits.
Apprendre à réparer ensemble plutôt que de jeter, c’est le but de ces lieux de vie appelés Repair Cafés.
The novel way to tackle waste from electrical and electronic goods is to encourage the public to make use of local repair cafes and workshops which are increasingly popular on the continent. Here, individuals can access 3D printers and specifications for parts to repair their machines and devices thus taking away the need to replace with a new product and so empowering individuals to ‘citizen repair’.
We are UK Men’s Sheds Association, the support body for Men’s Sheds across the UK. We work hard to inspire and support the development of as many Men’s Sheds as possible, for the benefit of men’s health and wellbeing. We are a member organisation, representing UK-based Men’s Sheds. We raise awareness of the Men’s Sheds movement and the many benefits of Shedding and we support Men’s Sheds in getting off the ground and thriving as community-driven, member-led entities. We don’t own or manage Men’s Sheds, but we champion them for miles around.
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New products launched on the market are increasingly difficult to repair, and often unsupported by manufacturers. Together, we will change the way products are made, supported and taken care of when they need a repair.
We are looking for a 3 year Postdoc on the topic of 3D printing (3DP) of spare parts used to repair consumer products. 3DP is seen as an interesting process for repairing physically broken products, i.e. in replacing broken parts such as cogwheels or...
We’re not content with teaching repair skills in the community – we want to generate a repair revolution. This means changing the way people use and dispose of resources, encouraging manufacturers to build things to last and to be fixable, and making sure the facilities are in place to allow people to repair and reuse.
Use Make Works to source local fabricators, material suppliers & workshop facilities.
The municipality opened its own Reuse Centre in the village of Lammari in 2011, where items such as clothes, footwear, toys, electrical appliances and furniture that are no longer needed but still in good condition can be repaired where necessary and sold to those in need, thereby diverting them from landfill and serving a vital social function.
"Repair groups from across the industry announced that they have formed The Repair Coalition, a lobbying and advocacy group that will focus on reforming the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to preserve the “right to repair” anything from cell phones and computers to tractors, watches, refrigerators, and cars. It will also focus on passing state-level legislation that will require manufacturers to sell repair parts to independent repair shops and to consumers and will prevent them from artificially locking down their products to would-be repairers.
The UK community repair movement came together for the first time at Fixfest UK on 6 October 2018, and wrote the following Declaration
In our research we sometimes encounter material that may be useful to educators, so have set up this page to support bringing repair into the classroom.
We will continually update this list as we find good resources.
We welcome your contributions.
Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields.
Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café. It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at the reading table – by leafing through books on repairs and DIY.
L’impression 3D, une technologie bonne qu’à fabriquer des Yoda moches et des gadgets inutiles ? Que nenni ! Réparer des objets en remplaçant une pièce défectueuse, réaliser des petit hacks de la vie quotidienne, concevoir des objets pratiques correspondant à ses besoins, c’est de l’ordre du possible pour toute personne fréquentant un fablab ou possédant une imprimante 3D.
We are a global community of people who make local repair events happen and campaign for our right to repair.