Arch+ Features 85:
Cologne Factory, Cologne
27 March 2019
Arch+ Features is a platform for architects and authors dealing with current architectural norms in innovative ways. On the occasion of its 85th event, the sociologist and architect Harald Trapp will present his study Gig Spaces in light of the topic of the current issue called Datatopia. It describes the idea of a reality where our lives are determined by virtual data and, according to Trapp, in fact already reflects reality in some places.
In his exploration of the topic, Trapp focuses on urban structures and their architectural characteristics, which are under the influence of virtual data traffic and must respond by changing. For example, Trapp’s study looks at the online delivery service Deliveroo, which provides container kitchens in central locations in London that can be rented by restaurants to facilitate shorter delivery times and faster processing. In many other major European cities, too, the increasing demand for delivery services that operate via app-based meal orders is already having an impact on the urban environment and its structure.
Trapp also sheds light on a sociological approach to architecture in other projects. For example, in the context of the research project called Capital Architecture (Karl Marx 1818–2018), he uses Marxist theory to examine how space can be “produced” and shows what relevance Marx’s theories have for modern architecture.
Following the lecture, Trapp and Arch+-Art Director Mike Meiré will discuss the creative consequences of a “data reality”. Aylin Ipekci, Chairman of the Association of German Architects Cologne and Anh-Linh Ngo of Arch+, will moderate the evening.