AF FIXES explores the notion of adaptability through the practical ways we tweak our surrounding environment. These often frugal, yet clever acts provide a platform to examine how our buildings, streets and neighbourhoods evolve over time in relationship to our dynamic human needs. What lessons can be drawn from these quotidian adaptations – what material patterns, functional classifications and connection types arise?
Access Advertising Aesthetic Animal Enclosure Cleaning Up Communication Commuting Decoration Display Drying Feeding Gardening Hobby Laundry Lighting Parking Parking Prevention Pleasure Privacy Protection Recycling Relief Safety Seating Security Signage Speed Stability Storage Support
Archway Ashtray Astroturf Basket Bath Mat Books Breeze Block Cabbages Cactus Cardboard Boxes Chain Chain Link Fence Chair Citrus Coffee Cans Concrete Corrugated Plastic Dirt Door Stopper Duct Tape Dustpan Flowers Gardening Support Rod Gate Gloves Hand-Made Sign Hose Light Log Marker Pen Metal Fence Post Metal Rod Metal Staple Metal Storage Rack Packing Strap Paper Pegs Plastic Grill Plastic Grill Tray Plastic Line Plastic Twine PVC Pipe Railing Railway Sleeper Reinforcing Rods Rock Roof Tile Rubbish Bag Rubbish Net S-Hook Shoes Shopping Basket Shrubbery Signage Boards Signboard Soil Solar Light Stool Street Light String Tape Traffic Cones Tree Trellis Trolley TV Unit Twist Ties Tyres Vegetables Wire Wire Rack Wood Wooden Block
Bolt Buried Direct Chemical Connection Direct Connection with Overlap Draw Flexible Connection Hang Hooked Indirect Connection via Dependent Third Component Indirect Connection via Third Independent Component Indirect Connection via Third Material Indirect Connection with Additional Fixing Devices Insert Lean-to Mortar Nailed Overlay Pegged Planted Scratched Out Stacked Taped Tie Tied Twist-Tied
Aging Balance Beautification Bricoleur Care for Others Care for Possessions City Eating Cleanliness Clothing Collaborative Business Commerce Commitment to Place Community Construction Continuity Customisation Declining House Prices Depreciation Devotion (Religious) Dilapidation Disposability Enthusiasm Experimentation Failure Frugality Gardening Growth Homeless Improvement Improvisation Independence Inter-Species Interaction Joy Just-Enough Limited Timeframes Long Timeframes Making-Do Mass Made Housing Mobility Modularity Mutual Dependence Park Permanence Pets Piecemeal Building Problem Solving Public Amenities Relationships Reuse Sharing Shopping Skill Slow Growth Stacking Starting Small Stories Support Temporary but Regular Transport Urban Green
A packing strap tied to the railing and looped around the doorknob helps a tired and irritated mother with …
Reinforcing rods for the concrete block wall of a new house are made safe for passing eyes with the …
Crumbling entrance archway held together with duct tape.
Quick, timely, inexpensive, disposable, plentiful, distinct, minimal, ambiguous, hopeful – these ‘fixes’ are ways of thinking and doing amongst …
Cut-off tyres guard against parking mishaps.
Functional adaption of park tree for maintenance equipment storage in a run-down apartment complex just off the high-fashion avenue …
The dog has the run of the yard – kept in check with wire racks attached to the gate …