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Repair Design

Panel Discussion: Can we talk about a 'Right to Repair' in Australia?

Wed 2nd Oct 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Repair Design

Panel Discussion: Can we talk about a 'Right to Repair' in Australia?

Date and Time

Wed 2nd Oct 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location

Design Innovation Research Centre
University of Technology Sydney, CB15.02.22, 622-632 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007

Event description

With the increasing public attention given to the ‘right to repair’ campaign in the United States, this panel considers what a ‘right to repair’ might look like in an Australian context. Given Australia’s reliance on imported technologies, and our existing IP and consumer protection laws, how can we encourage repair rather than simply the replacement of broken objects and devices?

How do manufacturers’ ‘Technological Protection Measures’ prevent repair and how might this be challenged? The panel will also address the libertarian basis of the ‘right to repair’ movement in the US, and consider whether repair campaigns in Australia might take a different form. Encouraging repair over wastage is an inherently cross-disciplinary problem. With this in mind, this discussion brings together distinct perspectives from design, law, e-waste advocacy, repair advocacy and professional repair.

5pm entry for refreshments and a 5:30pm start.

Panel: John Gerstakis (Ewaste Watch); Assoc Prof Leanne Wiseman (Griffith University); Annette Mayne (The Reconnect Project); Dr Guy Keulemans (UNSW).

Chair: Dr Jesse Adams Stein, event developed in collaboration with Guido Verbist, The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre

Repair Design Website: https://repair.design/

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Date and Time

Wed 2nd Oct 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location

Design Innovation Research Centre
University of Technology Sydney, CB15.02.22, 622-632 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007

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Repair Design opens up informed, realistic and meaningful public discourse about repair practices, capacities and limitations in an Australian context. This research reframes repair as a design practice, and in doing so openly acknowledges design’s culpability in environmental degradation and waste. Understanding the relationship between repair and design is necessary for the development of stronger policy, for more responsible design practice and for the open sharing of material knowledge and digital information. By making connections between designers, repairers, manufacturers, consumer advocates and legal experts, we aim to uncover what design needs to become in the context of repair and reuse, such that it can deliver the most meaningful change as part of a patchwork of disciplines and stakeholders. A UTS Design Studies Project, this project has emerged in collaboration with our initial industry partner, The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre. Project commencement funding has been provided by the Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building, UTS. This project is also supported by a UTS Social Impact Grant 2019.

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