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.

 Box

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Documentation of objects and their packaging through drawing and photography the box that the object arrives in.

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Exterior means of identification, interior packing in relation to the object and the object itself.

Frame

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Subsequent studies  through contemporary warehouse storage system through drawing  with hybridize the two in model form to create new storage framework system prototypes that accommodate individual box formats.

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Ground

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The diagram are interested in the tools of representation to isolate information. With this in mind, how might we map the (City) through a set of rules and objects. Could we describe the streets through drawing (movement). The diagram uses the grid as an ordering system. Overlapping rhythms describe the flow of time and movement of objects through annotation. Vectors hint at increased flow, or traffic through the density of lineweight. These arrays of information - intentionally partial - insists a low resolution map with authored gaps of information, to extend the durability of the drawing. 

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These grids map the organizational structure of the stowing and picking zone, both flattening the image and abstracting the line to suggest multiple readings.  How can the drawing claim new territories of space - and at-temp to escape the conventions through a flattened - representational ambivalence. Non-specified, the lines remain indecisive, producing an ambiguous extension of meaning.  Describing the parallax organization of the Amazon Fulfillment Center - figures dance.

City

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Ground drawing at 1:1. Matched to the profile of an urban site in Los Angeles, Idea of readdress human and machine accessibility, and consider mass/envelope in relation to the interior structure.

2019