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The City Factory 2017


The research laboratory for new fields of work in the creative industries—the City Factory—is a cooperation project between the Vienna Business Agency with its creative center departure and the MAK, curated by IDRV – Institute of Design Research Vienna. The discovery and visualization of future urban potentialities will be continued in 2017, with the topics of NEW CREATIVE WORK, NEW SOCIAL WORK, and NEW SUSTAINABLE WORK undergoing thorough study this year.
City Factory: New Work. New Design
Wed, 21 Jun – Sun, 1 Oct 2017
MAK Exhibition Hall
In the framework of the VIENNA BIENNALE 2017, the exhibition City Factory: New Work. New Design will develop three socially relevant topics about the work of the future: new creative work and transdisciplinary co-creativity; new social work, including work for the common good (Commoning); and new sustainable work in the sense of the circular economy and innovative utilization of urban resources.
International designers and architects will develop projects for all three areas especially for the Biennale. The topics and the terms associated with them will be presented around the central objects by means of additional projects and extensive image materials, texts, and videos.

CityFactory: Demonstrators

Demonstrators, which were discovered together with the Vienna Business Agency and its creative center departure through a call for proposals ( and which will be curated and supervised by IDRV, will be working on these three topics directly within the confines of the city. Demonstrators are prototypical experimental arrangements in urban space that contend with sustainable fields of work in the creative industries. They correspond to the core topics of the exhibition City Factory: New Work. New Design and will be located in the MAK exhibition accordingly.

The City Factory office hour

Starting this year, the City Factory office hour will take place on the last Tuesday of the month. The MAK Design Space will continue to be the venue and project office. During the office hour, topics pertaining to the VIENNA BIENNALE and the City Factory will be presented along with projects and protagonists, and discussed as a group.
Upcoming dates of the City Factory office hour:
Tue, 28 Feb 2017, 6 p.m.
Tue, 28 Mar 2017, 6 p.m.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017, 6 p.m.
Tue, 30 May 2017, 6 p.m.

A project as part of the partnership between the MAK and the Vienna Business Agency, creative center departure.

Curated by: IDRV – Institute of Design Research Vienna, Harald Gruendl, Ulrike Haele
Project coordination: Marlies Wirth, Curator, Digital Culture and MAK Design Collection; Miriam Kathrein, Vienna Business Agency, creative center departure

Updates for all City Factory events may be found at


Opening Hours

Tue 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Wed–Sun 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Mon closed
Free Admission on
Tuesdays 6–10 p.m.


€ 9,90 / reduced € 7,50
Free admission for children and teens under 19

Free Admission on
Tuesdays 6–10 p.m.
Family ticket € 13
(two adults and at least one minor child up to 14)

Vienna 1900-Combined Ticket
€ 17,90 / reduced € 14,50
valid for MAK and Leopold Museum

Guided Tours

MAK TOURS – every Saturday at 11 a.m. a tour through the MAK in German; every Sunday at noon in English.

Attendance fee € 3,50 per person, except children up to 6 and holders of  “Hunger auf Kunst und Kultur-Pass”

Special and Group Tours

by advance booking
Gabriele Fabiankowitsch, Head of Educational Program and Guided Tours
T +43 1 711 36-298
(Mon–Fri 10 a.m.–4 p.m.),


Multimedia Guide

for Vienna 1900: € 2

Or download the app for free to your own tablet (iOS and Android)!

Barrier Free Access

Lift at the entrance at Weiskirchnerstraße 3, accessible toilets for disabled visitors.


WorkshopMAK Design Kids

Digital stuff for dabblers—my smartphones with a future

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City Factory 2017

departure challenge:

The City Factory seeks projects for the VIENNA BIENNALE 2017
Mon, 20.02.2017

MAK Austrian Museum for Applied Arts / Contemporary Art

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ExhibitionVienna Biennale 2017

CityFactory: New Work. New Design.

Wed, 21.06.2017–Sun, 01.10.2017

MAK Exhibition Hall

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