The Stealth Pack
This project begins with investigating the architecture of tracking technologies in Amazon Go stores. Initially investigating the role of Amazon’s RGB, infrared, and depth-sensing cameras, we researched how the store’s technologies are able to not only identify, but also track and monitor the behavior of a shopper moving around the store. This project’s research rigorously analyzes and maps these spaces of information extraction, with the intent of understanding how these integrated technologies both operate and “see” at a range of spatial scales. Beyond “convenience,” where tracking is a means of product and service improvement, we argue that these tracking technologies have also produced data subjects, where the shopper is modeled as information. Amazon Go’s cameras, equipped with computer vision, sensing, and imaging ultimately generate a new form of vision - or way of seeing. This form of vision also acts as a form of power and it happens without us knowing. This project aims to call attention to these moments by making them visible. The goal of this project is to design an architecture of defense that responds to surveillance and spaces of data extraction. We propose a wearable architectural device [The Stealth Pack] that gives autonomy to the data subject on whether or not they want to participate in data extraction.
Natalie Faranso, Nathan Kurek
My name is Natalie Faranso, I am a fifth year graduate student at LTU studying architecture; I will be completing my masters in May 2022. I am currently working part time at MCI Design Group in Warren, MI but I will soon be employed for full time work at the same firm until I complete the rest of my AXP hours and take my exams. I mainly do work on commercial projects such as hotels, cannabis facilities (growing, processing, and provisioning) along with residential projects. Once I finish the graduate program I plan to immediately continue with working on my path to licensure and build a successful career in the field of architecture.
My name is Nathan Kurek, I am a fifth year graduate student studying architecture at Lawrence Technological University. I have one more semester left in the graduate program. Currently I am working at Neumann/Smith Architecture in Southfield, Michigan. Once I finish the graduate program I plan to immediately continue with working on my licensure and build a successful career in the field of architecture.