Maintenance and Care

We all see it: the sudden collapse of dams and bridges; the slow deterioration of power grids and sewer systems. Infrastructures fail everywhere, all the time. What we really need to study is how the world gets put back together. In many academic disciplines and professional practices, maintenance has taken on new resonance as a theoretical framework, an ethos, a methodology, and a political cause.

A working guide to the repair of rust, dust, cracks, and corrupted code in our cities, our homes, and our social relations.




  • Aaron Rothman
  • Naomi Stead
  • Belmont Freeman
  • Barbara Penner

Aaron Rothman

Aaron Rothman is a columnist for Places. A monograph of his artwork, Signal Noise, is forthcoming from Radius Books.

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Naomi Stead

Naomi Stead is a columnist for Places. She is an architecture critic and Head of Architecture at Monash University.

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Belmont Freeman

Belmont Freeman is a columnist for Places. He is principal of Belmont Freeman Architects, an award-winning design firm in New York City.

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Barbara Penner

Barbara Penner is a columnist for Places. She is Professor of Architectural Humanities at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

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