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  • The Rule of Logistics
    Jesse LeCavalier
    University of Minnesota Press, 2015
    Jesse LeCavalier

Jesse LeCavalier, commemorative lapel pin, 2013.

This book addresses Walmart's architecture and urbanism in terms of its logistics operations. For Walmart, logistics dictates the design of the retailer's buildings, governs their deployment, and conditions the workers who operate them. By tracking Walmart's spatial operations, this book shows how the company's logistical obsessions have implications at all scales: from undermining the stability of architecture while investing it with political capacity; to challenging the inalienable features of locations by focusing on the aspects that connect rather than distinguish them; to blurring the threshold between man and machine in order create new possibilites for inhabitation. By doing so, the project identifies opportunities based on the features of logistics itself and argues that these concepts—including prototypes, loose forms, fungible locations, ambiguous borders, and recombinant territories—can help us think differently as we confront some of the contemporary challenges facing architecture and the city.

Jesse LeCavalier is assistant professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a member of Co + LeCavalier. He was the 2010–11 Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan, a Poiesis Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, and senior researcher at the Singapore-ETH Future Cities Laboratory. His work has appeared in Cabinet, Public Culture, and Architectural Design, among others. He is coauthor, with John Harwood and Guillaume Mojon, of This Will _ This, and has contributed to Infrastructure as Architecture, Cities of Change: Addis Ababa and Deviations: Designing Architecture. LeCavalier's essay, "The Restlessness of Objects," was the recipient of a 2013 Core77 Design Award and his article "All Those Numbers" was named by the Atlantic as one of "Nearly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism" in 2011. LeCavalier received his doctorate from the ETH Zurich, his MArch from the University of California, Berkeley, and his BA from Brown University.