Design for Repairability

Peter Knobloch
Design, Design Investigations
2022S, 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, 0  places available, all remaining registrations are added to the waiting list  (updated 2022.03.04).

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


09 March 2022, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 9
16 March 2022, 14:00–17:00 Meeting point 13:50, 1140 Vienna, Vogtgasse 29, Demontage- und Recycling-Zentrum (DRZ) , "Excursion (DRZ, RUSZ, MA48)"
17 March 2022, 14:00–17:00 Distance Learning (details as described) , "" (guest lecture: Steffen Vangerow, Peter Knobloch, Sepp Eisenriegler, Lisa Cerny)
23 March 2022, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 2
30 March 2022, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 9
06 April 2022, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 2
27 April 2022, 15:00–17:30 Distance Learning (details as described) , "Cofounder and CEO of iFixit" (guest lecture: Kyle Wiens)
04 May 2022, 14:30–17:30, "Repair workshop (bicycle)"
11 May 2022, 14:00–17:00 Seminar Room 9 , "Repair workshop (Smartphone)"
18 May 2022, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 9 , "TU Vienna, research group ECODESIGN" (guest lecture: Rainer Pamminger)
25 May 2022, 14:30–17:00 Distance Learning (details as described) , "BSH Home Appliances GmbH" (guest lecture: Bernhard Stitzl)
01 June 2022, 15:30–18:00 Seminar Room 4

Course Enrolment

From 01 February 2022, 00:00 to 08 March 2022, 00:00
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

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Industrial Design (1. Section): Technology / Natural Science - Basics: Ecology and Sustainability

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