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MAEID [Büro für Architektur und transmediale Kunst] is an interdisciplinary practice questioning the relationship between the human, space and performativity. The work needs to be understood as a seamless interaction between computation, the material and the virtual, living systems & machines.

MAEID is led by Daniela Mitterberger and Tiziano Derme.

Within the team are operating collaborating continously different professionals and artists.

MAEID Büro für Architektur und transmediale Kunst

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2022, Future of Construction / 21. - 23. June 2022
Symposiums on Construction Robotics and Computational Design for Sustainable Construction

2022, AI Share Lab / 10. - 11. June 2022
Playing Models: Artificial Intelligence, Architecture and Storytelling

2022, CHI New Orleans / 30. April - 5. May 2022
IRoP: Augmented Interactive Design and Fabrication for On-site Robotic Plastering

2022, MRAC Workshop / 2022

2022, UCL Bartlett Bio-Integrated Design Seminar Lecture / 2022
Synchronous Gardens

2022, Degrees of Life / 23. February - 11. March 2022

2021, University of Brno School of Architecture Input Lecture / 2. December 2021
The Magic Queen: New Perspectives Between Architecture and Ecology

2021, FELT conference + E.feeder performance / 4 - 5 November 2021
Renewables Futures Conference

2021, Princess of Asturias Awards / 22 October 2021

2021, Venice Biennale Round Table "Angewandte Session" / 25. September 2021
On the Possibilities and Responsibilities of Applied Understanding Through Art and Research

2021, Seoul Biennale / 16. Septemeber - 31. October 2021
"Re-mediated Zone"

2021, MSD University of Melbourne Input Lecture / 8. July 2021
MSD at HOME and AA Visiting Schools Melbourne presents: Daniela MITTERBERGER & Tiziano DERME

2021, Werkleitz Festival / 18. June - 4. July 2021
The Eye of the Other

2021, Venice Biennale / 22. May - 31. July 2021
Magic Queen

2020, TOUCH ME Festival / 17. September - 3. October 2020

2020, Exhibition "Quarantine" at Art workshop Lazareti in Dubrovnik / 9 - 13 September 2020
The Eye of the Other

2020, AA Summer School (MSD) / 6 - 16 July 2020
Digital Embodiment in Archietecture

2020, Angewandte Praxis / 24 June 2020
Alien Life: Between Brains. Bacteria, and Matter 2020

2020, Angewandte Festival / 23 - 26 June 2020

2019, [Human : Computer ] workshop and symposium / 04, 06, 07, 08.December
Computer vision, interactive systems and creative coding

2019, OU\ /ERT : Phytophilie – Chlorophobie – Savoirs Situés, Emmetrop-Transpalette Bourges / 18. October - 18. January 2020

2019, anotHER VIEWture / 5. -7. September 2019
lectures, talks, presentations

2019, Ars Electronica / 5 - 9 September 2019
Out of the Box

2019, ACADIA: Ubiquity and Autonomy / October 24-26, 2019
Soil 3D-printing

2019, Dutch Design Week Eindhoven / 19.-27.october 2019
Stone sustainable 3dprinting

2019, AUGMENT AND DISRUPT conference / 1-3 March
Speaker - IMPAKT Center for Media Culture Utrecht

2019, EMAP/EMARE / Jul.-Oct.
Emergent Media Artist - Residence at Bandit Mages Bourges(FR)

2018, ARS ELECTRONICA "Error" / 6-10 Sept.
Exhibition- Pahoehoe Beauty

2018, GLOBAL CONTROL conference / 13-15 Sept.
Speaker-RIXC,Center for New Media Culture Riga (LV)

2017, NGV Triennale Melbourne / Dec-Apr.
Exhbition/Screening-The Savage Mind

Paper presentation - Growth Based Fabrication Techniques for Bacterial Cellulose


“ I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library” Jorge Luis Borges

The objective of the competition was the renovation and extension of an existing university library in Graz, Austria. The total program included 15.000 sqm net room area. The existing library consists of four buildings from different styles and building periods. (A,B,C,D) The program included office areas, reading rooms, an auditorium and a student service center. Our Proposal implied two new buildings, the destruction of one and the renovation of the remaining three buildings

The character of the library is introverted. The exterior skin, made of Rheinzink coats the building, unifies the formally different building parts and directs the view to the inside. To disrupt the introversion of the offices and reading places one can find balconies where the exterior skin intersects with the polygonal interior volume. These invaginations are places of the public, of the multiple, the smells, the exterior world. The facade pulls inwards, and the borders of outside and inside blurs. These intermediate spaces are the paradise in between the lines, the moment of superimposition.

The discovery of paradise I the design of atmosphere :The project should evoke a refraction of perception, a differentiation of personal speed, from slow to fast, from public to private, from books to reality. It leads the visitor from the white square to the diffuse appearance of the library. An accentuated artificial landscape undermines the heterogenic building complex and unifies the structure. The bright concrete is in its horizontal language interrupted by vertical elements. The birch as the only vegetation underlines by its simple geometrical language, the minimalistic design of the square. Parking lots and its antagonists are planned in a duet; therefore, the car parks include already the holes for the trees, which are planned to replace the parking by a pedestrian zone. The newly planned neighboring building 27A becomes because of its formal aesthetics and placement a landmark, a gatekeeper to the new university square. Overlapping of transparencies I office design concept: The design of the office units was driven by the aim of the greatest possible flexibility. Every office unit regulates its privacy by the individual use of layers of curtains. The transparent and sound insulating material EPDM replaces massive walls where as visual a second layer of curtains provides protection. Both layers can be opened and allow the union of multiple offices to a big working group. The offices of Book and Media-processing were moved one floor lower with direct connection and internal accessibility to the offices of lending and the postal office. This strategy allows a more generous and flexible design of the main foyer with a better distribution of the office units and the circulation desk.

Make 4 on 1 I functional aspects: Important was the clear separation of the three different functional units per building part. Building A is designed as the library, building C and D as the administrative unit and building B, with independent access, as auditorium and student service center. This leads compact office units and reduces the walking distances. The extension of B links the former separated building parts. The student service center is a compact floor in building B, to create a clear meeting point for students without the unnecessary distribution of the offices on the campus.

Pangolin I alias ecological aspect: Due to its compact design it leads to a minimization of energy consumption. Silent Cooling is used to avoid draft and disturbing side noises. The building is cooled down by thermal activation of the building structure. (Ceilings with integrated cooling system, concrete core activation), powered by a heat pump, which is cooling and heating. Interventions to lower the cooling load imply mainly passive usage of solar energy, achieved because of the generous east and west glass facade. The shingle curtain facade serves as shading device, which allows due to a change of angles passive solar energy utilization. The whole building is equipped with day light controlled lighting.


Type: International Competition - bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.h. (BIG) Design Team: Daniela Mitterberger, Tiziano Derme, Umberto Di Tanna, Fabio De Ventura Ext. Consultant: Gerhard Mitterberger ZT - GmbH

Otto Loewi Gasse 18/3
8042 - Graz