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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 FutureRetrospectiveNarrative / Büro für Architektur und transmediale Kunst

Vienna, Zurich, Innsbruck
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RUDERAL SCENARIOS / architecture as process of formation

RUDERAL SCENARIOS / architecture as process of formation

Orientierung 848100

Daniela Mitterberger, Tiziano Derme


The course “Ruderal Scenarios” is the initial exposure and introduction to architecture focusing

on specific topics such as form, scale, experience, technology, media and communication.

The course positions itself in opposition to Innsbruck’s physical context- the alpine environment.

Specific focus will be given to processes of sedimentation, erosion and geological

formations where ma􀂂 er emerges from a system of forces. Through a series of excursions

students will look at found environmental geological formations, stones, and wastelands.

The result of this observation will be translated into digital representations and large scale

models, producing novel design strategies and unconventional fabrication protocols. Finally 

the studio will use these complex forces and information to speculate on large scale models

and virtual natural environments created around material studies, form, gravity, structure and



Students will develop different material and formal systems leading to the creation of a

spatial niche / niːʃ,nɪtʃ/. The word niche is a word borrowed from the French “niche” and la􀦞 n

“nidus“ which means “make a nest”. In architectural terms it can mean spatial expressions

such as cavities, hollows, recess, within the thickness of a wall, for a character, a species or

a statue. In ecology the word describes a function within an ecological system to which an

organism is especially suited.

The outcome will be large scale models resembling an architectural spatial expression considering

a character inhabiting the space. Students will deal with topics such as spatial experiences,

materials, environment and scale as well as with topics such as materials, ergonomics,

structural systems and gravity.

The concept of “Ruderal Scenarios” is used for habitations that emerge in places that have been neglected by people, in harsh

environments like on rubble, ruins and barren lands, all places that were originally not designated as a mankind intervention

in nature. These environments are implemented and brought from outside, but their adaptability to different locations makes

them become a phenomenon in evolutionary terms. These “wild” architectures are placed in a stone-like landscape that

cannot be localized, including traces of civilization trash. The course examines the archaeology of everyday, traces of historical

layers and inter-causalities of nature and civilization.


Tutors: Daniela Mitterberger, Tiziano Derme Students: Mayerhoffer Carola, Resch Johannes Sebastian, Schönberger Christin, Frick Magdalena, Kirejenko Valeria, Leopold Starke, Naessens Gina Petra Andrea, Jazzy Aked, Warmuth Adrian, Bauer Kilian, Schlenz Wilhelm Konstantin, Kröss Daniel, Mangold Martin, Niederleitner Marina Carolin, Devos Michel, Ostler Katharina Ann-Maria, Kammerlander Valentin, Verena Huber

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