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Baltimore Avenue Curiosity Tour

Baltimore Avenue Curiosity Tour. the work.group architecture

In January, 2014, it is recognized that 31 NSA-style surveillance decoys have been placed along Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia. They are stations--disguised as public baths, ramen counters, banks, coffeeshops, etc.--for monitoring various activities of citizens by various entities.

the work.group, a local architecture workshop, takes on an analysis of the series of decoys, and in some cases is forced to admit complicity in their design. Hesitant to release their findings for fear of inflaming the paranoias local to West Philadelphia, the work.group considers the benefit of these objects as a sort of absurd urbanism to outweigh the potential unrest.

This is a walking tour that reveals one’s own city.

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