Lucia Tahan

Cloud Housing

Return to Zion. Credit: Lucia Tahan

Cloud Housing aims at bringing awareness of the impact of tech platforms that superimpose their operations on the urban space. The prototype consists of three objects: The first is a bot app that imagines a future in which housing has transformed into a decentralized, data-driven, generic, and experience-oriented platform.

The second is a standardized housing space. Only by superimposing augmented reality on the app can it be understood as a house. The third is a book displayed within the house. The book contextualizes the other objects by proposing how generic spaces can be overlaid with meaning to generate political outcomes.

By proposing different futures through interaction, the prototype gives the public agency to reflect on how their expectations of technology can extend beyond the merely utilitarian to question its spatial, political, and social impact.

Lucia Tahan (ES, DE) is a Berlin-based architecture practice that deploys human experience design in spatial and digital systems. It has produced work ranging from software to construction to critical writing, while developing architecture projects and exhibitions as speculative political tools.

Underpinning Tahan’s work is a desire to blend methodologies from digital disciplines with architecture systems, as well as a fascination for domesticity and political form. She aspires to expand architecture from a space-based discipline to a broader exercise in experience design and research. Her research work appears in this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. Tahan currently works as a product designer and with Bika Rebek is a cofounder at Tools for Show, a web platform for exhibition design currently incubated at New Inc. in New York. Her work has appeared in the University of Illinois at Chicago, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, and MAXXI Museum in Rome, and in magazines such as Bartlett’s Lobby.