Content type: Manifesto
Credits: Platform21
Year: 2009

‘If it’s broken, fix it and make it better.’
The Repair Manifesto, Platform 21, 2009

Proposed by the Amsterdam based collective Platform21 in 2009, the Repair Manifesto calls for designers to produce goods that can be easily repaired by the consumer. They assert that it is environmentally responsible and more efficient to repair rather than recycle, and also saves money and teaches engineering skills. The manifesto speaks to both professionals and amateurs, suggesting that regardless of skill level everyone should participate in conversations and share ideas and knowledge to boost creativity and innovation in the field of repair.

Whilst Platform21 has now closed, their website remains and continues to be used as a source for inspiration for repairers. It has links to their projects and various other ideas such as Hacking IKEA furniture, essays on hobby culture and the Repair Manifesto itself.

The Repair Manifesto, by Platform21
The Repair Manifesto, by Platform21