Repair Part 1

1. What do you think of the ten Long Life design criteria? Which criteria in particular might assist in skillfully meeting the challenges created by climate change and how? What criteria would you add or how would you update the current list to account for specific design challenges presented by the Anthropocene?

I think these criteria successfully states what should be taken in consideration on the production of a Long Life Design. The criteria that might assist in skillfully meeting the challenges created by climate change would be number 9, because it states that the product should be made with consideration of the environment. I would include a criteria specifying the production process, factories nowadays produce an enormous amount of air pollution and that should be taken in consideration.

2)  Find an object, device or material that needs to be repaired in some way. Follow the Repair project brief(steps 1-3 for this week) and post responses to each question and images on your LP.

Ask A Question 1. What object will you repair and why? Do you consider repair to be an important design skill?

I will repair a mug. I do consider repair an important design skill.

Do Research 2. What are 2-3 possible ways this object could be repaired? What do you need in order to do the repair? Do you have the materials and skills?

I could use epoxy glue, or I could use heat proof clay, I do already have the epoxy glue, and I do have the skills to repair the object.

Construct a Hypothesis 3. What will your process of repair be? How long do you expect the repair take? How long do you want your repair to last?

The process of repairing the ceramic with epoxy would take around 15 hours from attaching the pieces to waiting for the glue to dry. I want the repair to last as long as possible.

3)  Read the following four articles on repair and answer the following questions. 


Would you like to visit a repair cafe? Why do you think so many people are interested in repair? 

Yes, I think it’s an amazing idea. I think people are more inclined towards repairing objects that has meaning to them, that’s why they’re interested in repairing it.


 Would you like to see this kind of tax be possible in your home country? Do you think it is possible there or the United States? Why or why not?

I would definitely like to see this, and I do think it’s possible in both places. But I don’t really see it happening because of the culture of using short-life designed objects.


Were you surprised by this article? Do you agree with the author? Do you think an object has to be expensive to be well made? What might make people want to take care of objects, even if they aren’t expensive?

I found interesting the idea of “spending less money by spending more”. I do agree with the author. An object not necessarily has to be expensive to be well made. Maybe if they create a stronger connection with the specific object might make people want to take care of it regardless of the price.


 What do you think of this design? What is most innovative about it? Do you think it’s possible for adults to enjoy long life design clothing or objects that transform/change in other ways (than getting bigger)? What kind of designs might be possible?

I really like this design, it’s really beautiful, I think the technique and the final appearance of it are very outstanding. I do think t’s possible for adults to enjoy long life design pieces that change and transform themselves. An example that I can think of would be something that might already exist, a shirt with detachable long sleeves.

4) Come to class prepared to share some wisdom from your culture in a 2-3 minute presentation. What is a perspective on nature, the environment, or a healthy and sustainable community that generations before you have held important (around 100 years)? What makes this wisdom still relevant today? Do both older and younger people respect it? Is it something that you feel other cultures can benefit from knowing about?  How do you practice this wisdom in your own life in New York?

5) Research and read an introduction to the Sixth Extinction

then visit artist Maya Lin’s project: What’s Missing :

  • How would you describe the Sixth Extinction to a friend who is unfamiliar with it?

The mass extinction of species in the modern age.

  • After reviewing the “About page” on the what’s missing  site, what is one species that you learned about on this site that has gone extinct? 

Alagoas Curassow.

  •  What do you think of this site as an artist’s project?

I think it’s a really good and well developed idea. The using art to talk about world issues is very powerful.

  • What did you learn on the “what you can do” page? Are you willing to do this? Why or why not? 

I learned about supporting sustainable forestry. I already do a lot of these things, but I’m willing to do more for the health of our environment.

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