Mass and Interiority
Contemporary patterns of consumption have created a new post-fordist economy of retail behemoths like Amazon, Wal-mart, Fedex, and Costco. With them a new architectural typology, the fulfillment center, has been developed to efficiently facilitate the flow of objects from producer to consumer. Increasingly populated by robots these buildings are more virtual than physical, where time as currency upends conventional forms of organization. As retailers seek to continue shortening delivery times they are interested to locate fulfillment centers closer and closer to urban centers. While the demand for efficiency in contemporary logistics has privileged the ground as the primary organizational structure of the warehouse, constrained urban sites demand new approaches.