Architectures of Fulfillment

T Moving Jesse Le Cavalier

Fulfillment describes the feeling of deep and meaningful happiness as well as the process of picking, packing, and shipping merchandise. This exhibit explores how architecture and urbanism underpin and affect both. Practices of Fulfillment considers the ways in which bodies are enrolled in logistical regimes. Augmenting technologies extend our mobility, improve our strength, or increase our capacity to handle information but in doing so, they make us more mechanical in the process. The presentation suggests that it is possible that we are more logistical than might seem. Architectures of Fulfillment focuses on one logistical organization, Walmart Stores, Inc., to examine the systems that support its global networks of movement and exchange. By using technologies informed by materials handling processes, the mechanized display presents the company’s built works as a series of fragments that loosely connect in an effort to deemphasize the architectural object in favor of a system of organizations and environments. Futures of Fulfillment uses the tools of logistics to generate forms, atmospheres, and programs that are directed away from the desire for rationality and efficiency from which the field originates. Networks of mobility infrastructure underpin these logistical processes and remain sites of collective investment capable of reflecting the values and ambitions of the society that supports them. Confronted with contemporary challenges of migration, global warming, and privatization, the logistics futures that this contribution explores can help us reflect on our own sources of fulfillment.