Maintenance, Care, and Repair of a Communal Architecture in Trouble: The Disassembling

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Candela Morado


This paper attempts to ethnographically reflect on how material vulnerability is conceived and considered in practices of communal sustenance of architectures in trouble. Drawing on theories of maintenance, care, and repair, we will dwell on the learnings cultivated during a socio-material process that unfolded in response to the burning of a communal library in the southern periphery of the city of Bogotá. The collective practices of sustenance deployed to take care of the threatened architecture help us bring to the forefront questions of (I) distributed agency and ecology of practices; (II) unanticipated future and alternative temporalities; (III) creative and generative responses to damage or conflict; as well as (V) tentative and (IV) ‘opening of black boxes’ methods. Through the ethnographic analysis of the disassembling process, we will problematize the socio-material ecosystems needed to sustain lives in a ‘broken world’.


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Morado, C. (2024). Maintenance, Care, and Repair of a Communal Architecture in Trouble: The Disassembling. Diseña, (24), Article.2.
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Candela Morado, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas; Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Postdoctoral researcher at Instituto de Ciencias del Patrimonio (INCIPIT-CSIC) and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). After graduating as an Anthropologist from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and as an Architect from UPM, she obtained a master’s degree in Urban Studies from UPM. She completed her Ph.D. under a predoctoral contract (FPI) at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (ILLA-CSIC). She is currently a lecturer at Universidad Oberta de Catalunya. As an educator and researcher, she explores the fields of critical urban studies, urban anthropology, heritage and material culture studies, and ecofeminist thought. She is particularly interested in the study and production of counter-narratives and collective imaginaries from the margins of the urban plan through ethnographies, architectural designs, and artistic projects. Among her recent publications are ‘¡Desordenémonos! Collective Speculations towards Different Modes of Urban World-making and Learning’ (co-authored with A. López-Ortego and C. Pinto; in Planning Miseducation: Relearning Urbanism Within, Against and Beyond the University, Dpr-Barcelona, forthcoming) and ‘(Re)alojamientos’ (co-authored with I. Gutiérrez-Sánchez; in Futuros mejores. ¿Cómo imaginar alternativas más justas desde las ruinas de nuestro presente?, Bartlebooth, 2022).


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