New Book: Architectures of Weaving 
From Fibers and Yarns to Scaffolds and Skins

Christiane Sauer / Mareike Stoll / Ebba Fransén Waldhör / Maxie Schneider (Hg.) Jovis Verlag

Architectures of Weaving reimagines the art of weaving as the combined result of fiber techniques and cultural practice. Addressing today’s urgent energetic and environmental challenges, the book explores new approaches for resilient and adaptable material systems by examining the boundaries between softness and rigidity, material and shape, and functionality and structure. With the aim of fostering interdisciplinary research and developing sustainable practices, this thoughtfully designed book assembles contributions by practitioners and theoreticians working in the fields of anthropology, architecture, art, biology, cultural history, design, materials science, and textile technology.

Designlab  #13: Material legacies
FIBROUS EXCHANGE/ fibrous practices - practicing fibers

Initiated by the »Architectural Yarns« Research Group at the Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity. Image Space Material«, the Workshop FIBROUS EXCHANGE revisits the Work Exotica III by Ritzi Jacobi and takes inspiration for a transdisciplinary exchange between textile design, materials science and architecture.

During a hands-on exploration with off-the-loom textile techniques, we seek to transfer knowledge from the different disciplines into an architectural context. We take a closer look at plant fibers and various reversible binding techniques to explore large fiber bundles as the basis for a new construction method - Architectural Yarns. We investigate in what way textiles can contribute to design for maintenance, regeneration and repair in architecture to tackle critical environmental conditions such as heat and unsustainable material flows.
Dahoula Sheen

Architectural Yarns by Iva Rešetar, Maxie Schneider, Josephine Shone and Christiane Sauerare exhibited as part of the exposition Dahoula Sheen.

Tieranatomisches Theater Berlin from November 18, 2022, to April 29, 2023. Afterwards the exhibition is traveling to the Musée de la Musique de Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.

DAOULA — SHEEN is a project of the Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity. Image Space Material« at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, funded by the DFG. Curated by Laurence Douny, Karin Krauthausen, and Felix Sattler with a film installation by Thabo Thindi.
Talk at Design Modelling Symposium Berlin

ADAPTEX – Physical and Digital Prototyping of Smart Textile Sun Shading

Paul Denz & Maxie Schneider
Adaptex at GUTech

This summer the team of Adaptex realised the Adaptex façades - with a size of 1.2 by 7.5 metres - at the EcoHouse of the German University of Technology in Oman. 

The autarkic sunshading will be monitored a full year.
Design Lab #13 Material Legacies

04.11.2022 bis 05.03.2023

The Design Lab #13 exhibition „Material Legacies“, developed in cooperation with design researchers from the Matters of Activity. Image Space Material Cluster of Excellence at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, explores contingencies and disruptions between traditional crafts and most recent developments at the interface of materials research, design, technology and architecture.

The project "Architectural Yarns" by Iva Rešetar, Maxie Schneider, Josephine Shone, Christiane Sauer will be part of the exhibition.

Innovation Award  - The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)

2022 Award of Excellence Winner

Priedemann Facade-Lab + Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin  

Talk and Workshop at Bauwende Festival 2022

On Friday, May 27, 2022, 2 p.m., MoA members Maxie Schneider, Jojo Shone and Lorenzo Guiducci will offer a workshop on Structural Paper as part of this year's Bauwendefestival in Berlin.

The »Structural Paper« workshop playfully explores the potential of paper as a building material for constructing interwoven structures. By simply interleaving sheets of paper, we can construct connections that hold only through friction. 

Adaptex featured by Baunetz


Zumtobel Group Award

Nomenee Special Prize for Innovation


2021, Berlin, Germany

Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin + Priedemann Facade-Lab with DXM – Design Experiment Material / Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology/ Carl Stahl ARC GmbH, / Verseidag-INDUTEX GmbH / ITP GmbH / SGS Engineering GmbH / imesh, Deutschland

Talk at XCAMP

kinetic responsive surfaces for architecture

Schneider M. Fransén Waldhör E.,

Wo lassen sich hybride adaptive Oberflächen (interaktive /autonome Systeme) einsetzen?
Welche Anwendungsszenarien und Einsatzgebiete verbinden sich mit verschiedenen Arten der Bewegung von Oberflächen, etwa im Bereich der Künstlichen Intelligenz, der Datenanalyse oder im Designprozess?

Adaptex Symposium Textile Potentials in Architecture

Denz, P.-R., Sauer, C., Fransén Waldhör, E., Schneider, M., & Suwanapuk, N.,
Adaptex Symposium "Textile Potentials in Architecture", on Friday, November 26th,

Aachen Dreden Denkendorf International Textile Conference, Best-Poster Award 2021

Fransén Waldhör E., Schneider M., Vongsingha P., Boxberger L., Sauer C., Denz P.R.: Weißensee School of Art and Design, DXM - Design and Experimental Material Research) Priedemann Facade-Lab GmbH, Fraunhofer IWU, ADAPTEX – Adaptive textile shading system for facades with integrated shape memory alloy (SMA)

Talk at WÆ – woman from arts to engineering

Schneider, M., “Architecture in motion – Adaptive textiles between light and shadow.”,  WÆ:sf – women from arts to engineering for a sustainable future, Tu Berlin, Virtual. 7 Otober 2021.
Symposium Architectures of Weaving

Virtual event with contributions by: Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Svenja Keune, Petra Gruber, Felecia Davis, Elaine Igoe, Karin Krauthausen, Regine Hengge, Christiane Sauer, Maxie Schneider, Ebba Fransén Waldhör

Roundtable peers: Jörg Petruschat, Lorenzo Guiducci, Karola Dierichs, Alwin Cubasch
Moderators: Bastian Beyer, Mareike Stoll

The event is organizied by Matters of Activity and weißensee school of art and design.

Installation for 48 h Neukölln 2021

Popticum creates the space Filteroase - Kollektive Komfortzone at Nachbarschaftscampus Dammweg


Workshop at New Matrerialist Informatics Conference 2021

"Constraints as chance. On ontological prospects of material, instrumental and operational boundary conditions from design to science"

Frank Bauer, Cluster of Excellence "Matters of Activity. Image Space Material", HU Berlin, Germany; Department of Digital and Experimental Design, Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning, UdK Berlin, Germany;
Maxie Schneider, Academy of Art and Design Weißensee; Department of textile and surface design;
Keynote lecture at Interzum 2021

Keynote lecture of our ongoing Research project ADAPTEX – shading system with shape-memory materials. At interzum@home Event Green Smart Materials presented by HAUTE INNOVATION.

The event includes a well-curated section on sustainability, digitalisation and smart material solutions. 

Talk at DGTF Conference 2021

We will be presenting the project ADAPTEX on the DGTF Conference Material Trajectories - Designing with Care in the strand Performative Surfaces.

Schneider, M., Fransén Waldhör, E., ADAPTEX. Adaptivity in Textile Solar Shading Membranes Through the Integration of Shape Memory Alloys, Panel Presentation at Conference. »Material Trajectories. Designing with Care« – 17th Annual Conference of German Society for Design Theory and Research (DGTF), Virtual. 7 May 2021.

Talk at Curvobio Conference 2021

Maxie Schneider, "Shape Memory Textiles for Adaptive Facades" at the Curvobio Conference
Syposium 2021

On the occasion of the international women's day on 08.03.21 the women's advisory board of the KHB invites to a mini-symposium on perspectives of female measures in art, design and technology. Our guests Renata Kutinka, Marie Dietze and Fem_arc collective will give insights into their work on social, technological and cultural issues.

Maxie Schneider, Rena Onat, Stefanie Rau

Magic Circle. Symposium.

Forschungskreis - Magic Circle. Symposium.

ADAPTEX – shading system with shape-memory materials

Schneider, M., Fransén Waldhör, E.,

Kunsthalle, weißensee school of art and design berlin. Organized by »Forschungskreis« in cooperationwith »Matters of Activity«, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Jörg Petruschat. Hybrid. 25 February 2021.

Monopol Talk 2021

Conversation on thoughts of Utopia - explore ideas from architecture, design and technology with Friedrich von Borries (architect and design theorist) and Ji-Hun Kim (co-founder of the online magazine "Das Filter. Über Leben im Digitalen"), the designer Julia Lohmann and me dealing with coexistence and new materials in different ways. The discussion was moderated by Monopol editor-in-chief Elke Buhr and editors Silke Hohmann and Saskia Trebing.

Dutch Design Week 2020

Innovationworkshop on natural high-tech fibrous materials 2020 at STFI Chemnitz

I was invited to join a creative workshop on natural high-tech fibrous materials and their innovation potential. At the interface between design and materials science, the NF-HighTech+ project is about pushing technological boundaries by utilising resource-saving natural fibers for technical high-performance applications and making them fit for concrete industrial applications.

Talk at Acadia Conference 2020

“Adaptive textile façades through the integration of Shape Memory Alloy” presented by Ebba Fransén Waldhör and Maxie Schneider in the session "Prototyping, Composites and Self organising Material Systems".

ICSA Conference Lisbon 2019

Experimental Design and Building of a Cable Reinforced Plastic Brick Arch

Maxie Schneider, Sebastien Tripod (Constuctlab), Lieven Tone Houdmont (Mouton Engineering)
Jan Belis (Ghent University, Laboratory for Research on Structural Models (LMO)
Photography Tiago Casanova
Maja Bienale Portugal

Handle with Air

Popticum colllective

M.Schneider, L. Skafte, M. Dietze, E. Vogler
hsdahg Residency at Les Grands Voisins Paris 2019

Project: Hemisphere

Maxie Schneider

Invited by the Architecture Collective Yes we Camp i conducted a two month residency to construct an inflatable pavillion to activate a rooftop.

Design Modelling Symposium Paris 2017

PNEU&SHELL: Constructing Free-Form Concrete Shells with a Pneumatic Formwork

Schneider, M.

Conference Paper published in Humanizing Digital Reality, Design Modelling Symposium Paris 2017 Herausgeber: de Rycke, K., Gengnagel, C., Baverel, O., Burry, J., Mueller, C., Nguyen, M.M., Rahm, P., Thomsen, M.R. (Eds.)