The Rule of Logistics: Walmart and the Architecture of FulfillmentJesse LeCavalier
AuthorUniversity of Minnesota Press, 2016
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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 an assistant professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he coordinates the first year design studio. LeCavalier's writing has been recognized by The Atlantic and the Core77 Design Awards and his research has been supported by the New York State Council for the Arts, and the BMW Foundation. He was the 2010–11 Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan, a Poiesis Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, a researcher at the Singapore-ETH Future Cities Laboratory, and the recipient of a 2015 ACSA New Faculty Teaching Award.
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