Are you an Amazon (Flex) delivery driver, work behind the screen at Amazon Web Services or use smart home devices, such as Amazon Echo / Alexa, on a daily basis? Then we’re looking for you! We’re curious to learn more about your everyday life, the work you do, your urban knowledge, and how you think Amazon is influencing society and city space.
Amazon and other online retailers are at the forefront of a retail logistics revolution that is transforming urban spaces. While Amazon’s and other patents point to speculation about automated futures, retail and logistical operations – from fulfillment centers to last-mile delivery – are already creating spaces and architectures open to automated logistics operations. The project conducts a systematic investigation of the impact of Amazon’s logistical operations on urban spaces, with three sub-studies that focus on how Amazon’s urbanism is currently changing the properties and relationships of urban space; Amazon’s algorithmic management coordinates data, people, and things; and Amazon’s patents speculate on automated futures of logistical cities.