Automating the Logistical City: Space, Algorithms, Speculation

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 logistics 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 logistics 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.

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  • Prof. Dr. Armin Beverungen
  • Dr. Ilia Antenucci
  • Maja-Lee Voigt