MAMA

MAMA is a developing spatial practice to whom maintenance matters. This website collects a wide range of our reflexions and presents them in the form of a manual. Download yours, select all or filter by tags.

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Starting in 2015 with the these maintenance as craft, a critical approach of the notion of work to question our relationship with the environment, we believe that maintenance is architecture : an integral part of the designed and built environment that transforms it radically. To act accordingly, we ask ourselves what is maintained when we maintain and practice maintenance as a research method. We develop through storytelling, including research, drawings, writings, workshops, conferences, exhibitions and direct action. We do data analysis and image representation. From the maintenance industry to daily households, all over the wide spectrum of design, architecture and urbanism, MAMA calls for dinner.

Contact : info@mama.brussels

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FMS, The maintenance process as a design tool for public space

A research in residency at the public service of Brussels Mobility on fixmystreet.brussels, a so-called Smart City app to maintain public space. Since January 2019.

fixmystreet.brussels
Brussels Mobility

Maintenance as research

Development of a third step in a row of statements, the idea to practice maintenance as a research method. With the support of the Flemish Government for 2018.

You Are Here - The Future is a Practice

Group exhibition in the temporarily occupied World Trade Center in Brussels, a satellite of the International Architecture Biennial of Rotterdam, IABR 2018+2020-The Missing Link. According to the curator Architecture Workroom Brussels (AWB) MAMA and 20 other participants represent “the missing link” for a common practice towards a more sustainable world. From the 2nd of June until the 11th of November 2018.

You Are Here - The Future is a Practice
IABR 2018+2020 - The Missing Link

fig. n°4 - Pléonasme

Publication of a selection from our exhibition’s catalogue L’entretien e(s)t l’architecture / Maintenance as architecture by the redaction of the French architecture magazine fig. in their 4th edition, on the theme of pleonasm. Spring 2018.

fig. n°4 - Pléonasme

Construire le monde

Presentation, together with anthropologist Marianita Palumbo, assistant professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Saint-Etienne (ENSASE), about the mix of pedagogical action, fieldwork and exhibition in our practice at a seminary on the trans-disciplinary tools of scientific research, more precisely in anthropology and architecture. Invited by the Centre d’Etudes Sociologiques (CES) of the Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles (USL-B) and the CES Sasha of the Faculté d’Architecture La Cambre-Horta of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). On the 5th of December 2017.

Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles (USL-B)
Faculté d'Architecture La Cambre-Horta of the Université Libre de Bruxelles

Outsiders, Occuper autrement le terrain de la recherche en design

Presentation at a study day on alternative ways of doing research by design, in preparation of the international colloquium La recherche en design : occuper les marges in spring 2018. Invited by the Unité de Recherche design et création of the Ecole Supérieure d’Art et Design Saint-Etienne (ESADSE) and the Pôle recherche of the Cité du design. On the 30th of November 2017.

Outsiders
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Visions du futur

Presentation at a cycle of conferences curated by the French architecture group Zerm for the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Lille (ENSAPL). On the 10th of October 2017.

Visions du futur
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Maintainers II : Labor, Technology and Social Orders

Presentation in the group Maintenance as practice at the 2nd conference of the global, interdisciplinary research network The Maintainers that wants to confront the celebrated notion of “innovation” with “maintenance” and all aspects of sustaining the human-built world. Organised at the Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey (USA). From the 6th until the 9th of April 2017.

Maintainers II

L'entretien e(s)t l'architecture / Maintenance as architecture

Maxime Disy (c)

Exhibition on the evolving interaction between maintenance and the design of public space at the 10th Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne 2017 - Working Promesse, shifting work paradigms. Fruit of the research on the maintenance of the city of Saint-Etienne’s public space, in collaboration with anthropologist Marianita Palumbo, professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Saint-Etienne (ENSASE), and including a workshop and presentation for students of architecture. With the support of the Flemish Government, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Saint-Etienne (ENSASE) and the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne. Winter 2016-2017 (research) and from the 9th of March until the 9th of April 2017 (exhibition).

L'entretien e(s)t l'architecture / Maintenance as architecture
Link to ENSASE's mediatheque

Onderhoud als vak / Maintenance as craft

Finalist proposal of the open call by the Vlaams Architectuurinstituut (VAi) for the Belgian pavilion at the 15th International Venice Architecture Biennale 2016- Reporting from the front, on the theme of “crafts(wo)manschip” and the spaces of the city, linking labour critic with architecture. Together with Vincent P. Alexis, Livia Cahn, Edoardo Cimadori, Ronan Dériez, Elke Gutiérrez, Kobe Matthys, Anna Rispoli, Tim Rottiers, Giulia Caterina Verga and Potential Office Project (POP). Summer 2015.