design> new strategiesStadtFabrik (City factory)


Tue, 18.10.2016

MAK Austrian Museum for Applied Arts / Contemporary Art

18. October 2016 – January 2017

As a counterpoint to the prevailing “throw-away” economic model, under the rubric of a circular economy the entire life cycle of a product is designed. After use, all components are fed back into their respective natural or technological loops. Of interest to the StadtFabrik is the question of loops that especially in a city can be closed by exploiting available resources and short routes. Also to be examined are the sustainable production opportunities that the fields of automated manufacturing or the combination of high tech and handcraftsmanship open up in the creative industries.
Moreover, through its permanent presence and accessibility to the public, the IDRV-curated and -organized StadtFabrik contributes to raising awareness and increasing demand for products and services produced in an urban context. Vienna’s denizens and interested museum visitors are invited to take part in this process.


The DISCUSSION  more >>
Tue, 18 Oct 2016, 6 p.m.


The WORKSHOP  more >>
Wed, 19 Oct 2016, 12 noon–6 p.m.

How to design your future (fair) phone?


Participatroy experiment in the city. 

Book Presentation

Nomadic Furniture 3.0 – New Liberated Living?
Tue, 6 Dec 2016, 6 p.m. >>

Work Presentation

Workshop and research findings from theme block #3: Future Production
Tue, 10 Jan 2017, 7 p.m. >>


Digital stuff for dabblers—smartphones with a future
Workshop for 8- to 12-year-olds (unaccompanied) 

What does a smartphone with a future look like?
Together with design researchers from the StadtFabrik [City factory], we’ll get to the bottom of this question. We won’t be gazing into a crystal ball, but deep inside the guts of old smartphones. We’ll be dismantling, weighing, and measuring to our heart’s content. You’ll be developing a smartphone with a future according to your own concepts, ideas, and preferences.
Participation fee: € 7.50
Limited number of participants

Work Presentation

Tue, 10.01.2017, 7.00 pm
In the context of FUTURE PRODUCTION:  WORK PRESENTATION, the results gleaned since the end of October 2016 will be presented by means of exemplary production methods.

A project as part of the design> new strategies 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: Thomas Geisler, Curator, MAK Design Collection; Miriam Kathrein, Vienna Business Agency, creative center departure



Nominate your "Changemakers" for the StadtFabrik topics!

The ongoing VIENNA BIENNALE Ideas for Change app serves as a participative tool for the StadtFabrik.  Changemakers can continue to be nominated for the main themes of the StadtFabrik and add to the densifying network of established creative industrial production in the city.


Opening Hours

Tue 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Wed–Sun 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Mon closed


€ 12 / reduced € 9
Free admission for children and teens under 19

Tuesdays 6–10 p.m. admission € 5
Family ticket € 15
(two adults and at least one minor child up to 14)

Vienna 1900-Combined Ticket
€ 20 / reduced € 16
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 (1 h),  € 5  per person (1,5 h), 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, Asia, Carpets: € 2

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

Barrier Free Access

Elevator and toilets at the entrance Weiskirchnerstraße 3


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