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.
Demonstrators, which were discovered together with the Vienna Business Agency and its creative center departure through a call for proposals (https://viennabusinessagency.at/news/werde-teil-der-vienna-biennale-2017-216/) 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.
Updates for all CityFactory events may be found at