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