Design for Repairability

Peter Knobloch
Design, Industrial Design 2
2021W, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04017


The objective of the lecture is to impart & develop fundamental facts, theories and principles of for the design of repairable products.

By the means of examples and practical exercises the following topics will by gradually developed:

  • Life cycle assessment of products
  • Principles of the circular economy
  • Avoidance of premature obsolescence
  • Possibilities to maximize repairability
  • The right to repair and the role of open source hardware
  • Digital fabrication 
  • Existing standards and directives

Examination Modalities

For the successful completion of the course the following criteria will be used:

  • Constant and punctual participation (min. 70% attendance)
  • Submission and presentation of the exercises results (50%  of the grade)
  • Active participation in the discussion (50%  of the grade)


Maximum number of participants: 24

Key Words

Circular Economy, Design, Ecology, Digital Fabrication, LCA, Life cycle analysis, MIPS, Open Source Hardware, Planetary boundaries, Repairability, Right to Repair, Sustainability, SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals, Technical boundaries, Waste prevention


13 October 2021, 15:30–18:00
20 October 2021, 15:30–18:00
27 October 2021, 15:30–18:00
03 November 2021, 15:30–18:00
10 November 2021, 15:30–18:00
17 November 2021, 15:30–18:00
24 November 2021, 15:30–18:00
01 December 2021, 15:30–18:00
15 December 2021, 15:30–18:00

Course Enrolment

From 01 September 2021, 00:00 to 16 October 2021, 00:00
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

TransArts - Transdisciplinary Arts (Bachelor): Artistic and art technology foundations: Artistic and art technology foundations

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Science and Technology: Deepening / Application

Individual courses: possible