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How robots are reshaping retail and AN’s top 5 posts from this week

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How robots are reshaping retail and AN’s other can’t-miss top posts from this week. (Sharon Attia/Courtesy Quiet Logistics)
How robots are reshaping retail and AN’s other can’t-miss top posts from this week. (Sharon Attia/Courtesy Quiet Logistics)

Missed some of our articles, Tweets, and Facebook posts from the last few days? Don’t sweat it—we’ve gathered the week’s must-read stories right here. Enjoy!

Private detention industry U.S.-Mexico border

A growing private detention industry threatens immigrant rights on the U.S.-Mexico border. Seen here: exterior, Otero County Processing Center. (Courtesy AGENCY)

Growing private detention industry threatens immigrants’ rights on the U.S.-Mexico border
The collision of private law enforcement and privately managed immigration enforcement at sites of detention is dramatically altering the landscape of migrant processing and justice—largely to the disadvantage of the detainee.



Architecture profession automation big data

In 2011, IBM’s Watson supercomputer handily beat two human competitors. The machine proved very good at buzzing in quickly in addition to knowing the answers. (Atomic Taco/CourtesyWikimedia Commons)

Thanks to big data, all architects will face a major professional crossroads bigger than CAD or BIM
In the near future, architects will no longer be the anointed “gatekeepers” of professional knowledge or judgment, and the increasing complexity of building problems will face economic pressures demanding that architects provide even more service for less money.

Amazon acquired the fulfillment robot manufacturer Kiva Systems in 2012, and began producing the lifting robots in-house. (Courtesy Amazon)

Robotics and fulfillment centers are reshaping retail—and cities could be next
It may only be a matter of time before automation becomes integrated into our daily lives outside the warehouse and the architecture of fulfillment becomes the architecture of the city.

Base of the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument splashed with red paint on August 14, two days before the City of Baltimore removed its Confederate monuments from public spaces. (Eli Pousson)

What Baltimore can teach us about the future of public monuments. Pictured here: The base of the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument splashed with red paint on August 14, two days before the City of Baltimore removed its Confederate monuments from public spaces. (Eli Pousson)

What Baltimore can teach us about the future of public monuments
Baltimore’s removal of these statues may be read as a response to the violence in Charlottesville, but the city’s decision marks a decisive new chapter in public commemoration, one that goes much deeper than the nightly news.

Starbucks Reserve planned for the heart of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. (Courtesy Starbucks)

Chicago has become a testing ground for the next wave of restaurant design
With large numbers of twenty- and thirty-somethings moving to urban centers and preferring fast, generally healthier food, the restaurant industry is rushing to figure out how to keep up.

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