The Logistical City: Artifacts, Processes and Projections

27 1 T Moving Clare Lyster 1

Logistical flows are pivotal to our lifestyle. Priority shipping is common practice; messaging in real time with a friend in a remote location is taken for granted; millisecond transmission signals are elementary, and ordering goods with an app for home delivery within an hour is becoming routine. Everyday we become more entangled with the convenient, yet increasingly abstract procedures of logistical regimes (from online shopping to shared infrastructure) and the corporate actors (Amazon.com to Uber) that make them possible. This two-part installation articulates how logistical flows and their attendant procedures are shaping the city—the logistical city. First, Genealogy of the Logistical City is a graphic catalogue that indexes the technologies, processes, spaces and subjects of logistics (from the barcode to a warehouse). Second, Projecting the Logistical City comprises concepts and design speculations that leverage logistics, in all its phantasmagorical forms (from neoliberalism to abstraction and from convenience to desire) for new public and domestic environments. Building is no longer the primary integer of urbanism. Instead, the components that now inform urbanity are tags, codes, apps and algorithms. Within this context, the installation aims to theorize and construct a framework (a guidebook) for the logistical condition.