Ignaz Strebel

Dr. Jennifer Duyne Barenstein | ETH Wohnforum – ETH CASE

Repair, Maintenance and Urban Assemblage

This project highlights repair and maintenance as qualities of infrastructures and the built environment. Whilst current efforts to increase density of cities raise hope for the next urban revolution, repair and maintenance become key features of 21st century urban development. The people involved in this project are architects, engineers but first and foremost craftspeople, from plumbers to builders, gardeners, electricians – and not least the innumerable technicians, concierges, care takers and cleaning crews. Using the concept of “urban assemblages” (Farìas/Bender 2010) as a starting point, this project develops a relational theory of the built environment.

Project timeframe

2014 – 2016


Completed project