Design for Repairability

Peter Knobloch
Design, Design Investigations
2023S, 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


15 March 2023, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 10
22 March 2023, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 9
29 March 2023, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 9 , "Workshop (Smartphone)"
19 April 2023, 14:30–17:00 Lenkerbande (Die Absteige, Ybbsstraße 26, 1020 Wien)
17 May 2023, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 9
31 May 2023, 14:30–17:00 Meeting point 14:15 at Vogtgasse 29, 1140 Vienna , "Excursion RUSZ + DRZ"
07 June 2023, 14:30–17:00 Seminar Room 7

Course Enrolment

From 13 February 2023, 00:00 to 13 March 2023, 00:00
Via online registration

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Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible