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Disassembly Required

The story starts in amazon warehouses during covid. Regardless of the surging death toll in the U.S, Amazon refused to shut down its facilities or acknowledge the full impact of COVID-19 on its workers; instead, it speeded up its operation, taking advantage of the economic desperation caused by COVID-19 to increase its market power and dominance. Based on Amazon’s exploitative business model, our project is a manual that guides its warehouse workers to take apart their job site and to rebuild their community with warehouse components. The manual consists of four chapters. The first chapter explains why the workers should say no to Amazon. We use GIS tools to explain Amazon’s warehouse site selection strategy. By overlapping the warehouse locations with the Social Vulnerability Index, we select three types of counties and examine Amazon’s impact on them. The second chapter describes the components of a warehouse, and the third chapter provides disassembly instructions. Lastly, we used the story of three counties to show how workers have rebuilt their communities after deconstructing their warehouses.