Design for Repairability

Peter Knobloch
Design, Design Investigations
2022W, 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
  • Dealing with conflicting goals
  • 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


19 October 2022, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 9
09 November 2022, 14:00–17:00 Meeting point 13:35 at Vogtgasse 29, 1140 Vienna , "Excursion RUSZ + DRZ"
16 November 2022, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 9
30 November 2022, 14:30–17:00 Lenkerbande (Die Absteige, Ybbsstraße 26, 1020 Vienna) , "Workshop (Group A, Bicycle)"
07 December 2022, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 9 , "Schieneninfrastruktur-Dienstleistungsgesellschaft (SCHIG)" (guest lecture: Robert Liskounig)
14 December 2022, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 9
11 January 2023, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 9 , "Die Umweltberatung (Eco Counselling) " (guest lecture: Markus Piringer)
18 January 2023, 14:30–17:00 Distance Learning (details as described) , "Vice President for Customer Satisfaction" (guest lecture: Alain Pautrot)
01 February 2023, 14:15–17:15 Seminar Room 7 , "Workshop (Group B, Smartphone)"

Course Enrolment

From 15 September 2022, 00:00 to 16 November 2022, 00:00
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Art Education: subject dex (Bachelor): Künstlerische Praxis (dex): FOR: Technologien / Praxen (dex)

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

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

Industrial Design (2. Section): Design in Context: Design in the Context of Ecology and Sustainability

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

Individual courses: possible