StadtFabrik – City Factory

StadtFabrik – City Factory

The StadtFabrik, curated by the IDRV,  is a “real-time” research laboratory for new fields of work in the creative industries.

The StadtFabrik concentrates on the discovery and visualization of the future urban potentialities of a city in a state of flux. In so doing, it continues the approaches that arose in the context of the VIENNA BIENNALE 2015 project 2051: Smart Life in the City and further develops the idea of “demonstrators” (experimental arrangements in urban space). In the MAK DESIGN SPACE, the IDRV – Institute of Design Research Vienna, together with the MAK and the Vienna Business Agency, creative center departure, operates a project office for negotiating new strategies for the production locale Vienna, as well as new fields and forms of work in an era of urbanization, automation, and social and ecological challenges.

In particular, the potentialities for alternative forms of collaboration and innovation to promote change in a sustainable city will be examined in three thematic blocks. Public discussion groups and workshops with renowned design experts in conversation with representatives of Vienna’s creative enterprises will usher in each topic. Additionally, demonstrators in the city will provide negotiable realities of alternative production scenarios in an urban context. To conclude, the results of the thematic blocks will be summarized in presentations about the work.

COMMONING: The commons only become usable through creative social processes. Methods of co-creation, co-production, and co-usage spawn new business and creative fields of endeavors. Design with social impact is associated with humanitarian and economic aspects.

INCLUSION (07-009/2016): People who immigrate bring along knowledge, new perspectives, cultural capital, professional skills, high motivation, and a willingness to learn. How can the cultural capital and the advantages of successful integration into our society be identified and leveraged? The underlying question of what design can contribute to moderating in the area of employment and integration of refugees requires an open concept of design and a new morality as to its use.

FUTURE PRODUCTION (10-12/2016): 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 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.

Office hour to (staring May 10th) discuss where things stand with the StadtFabrik —with spontaneous determination of topics and opportunities for participation: Tuesdays, 6–7 p.m.
StadtFabrik, MAK
Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna

A project in the framework of the design> new strategies alliance 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

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