Online Screening:
How Buildings Learn, Part 5: The Romance of Maintenance


October 31 – November 13, 2022

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How Buildings Learn (1997)
Episode 5: The Romance of Maintenance
Writer/Presenter: Stewart Brand
Director: Ed Stobart
Production Company: BBC TV
30 minutes
English; Turkish subtitles

Salt presents an online screening of How Buildings Learn, a six-part documentary that offers insight into how buildings change over time to meet the varying needs of their inhabitants.

The fifth episode focuses on the underrated work of repair, highlighting the importance of maintenance to the built environment and how neglect of small things can lead to the destruction of a building.

Written by Stewart Brand in 1994 and adapted into a television series by BBC in 1997, How Buildings Learn offers a critique of modernist approaches to architecture and argues for “an organic kind of building, which is easy to change and grow as the ideal form of building.” Refusing the “center out” understanding of design, Brand adopts an evolutionary approach where users can change the functions of a building to meet their varying needs.

Each episode will be uploaded weekly, and can be accessed online until November 13 via