logistical subversion

COLUMBIA GSAPP   |   CRITIC: MARC TSURUMAKI   |   FALL 2018

VERTICAL TRANSLATION  |  URBAN

The project envisions a vertical urban typology of a new fulfillment center by proposing a hybrid of fulfillment & accelerator programs for small-scale productions. 

Site selection  |  Long island city, sunnyside yard

Located in Long Island City, a vastly developing manufacturing district, the design sets up a symbiotic relationship between logistic and production programs, which focuses on local and on-demand production. The proximity to multiple railways provide direct logistical connection to the fulfillment network, facilitates faster loading and unloading processes with railway cranes.

SECTIONAL STRATEGY  |  exchange

By adopting a cellular sectional arrangement, it maximizes programmatic and energy exchange between the fulfillment and production programs.

proximity  |  TEMPORAL EFFICIENCY

By minimizing the distance between production, fulfillment and consumers, the architecture achieves temporal efficiency and maximizes interaction between users, thus renders the hidden logistical infrastructure today. 

SPATIAL HIERARCHY  |  MAN & MACHINE

Spaces are organized through the compression of machine spaces and prioritization of human spaces. Circulation connects the two different spaces with intertwined staircases and goods conveyors. The architecture prioritizes production programs, which suggests a programmatic subversion of fulfillment into production spaces over time.

HYBRID PROGRAM  |  SYMBIOSIS

The design induces heterogeneous local production growth, which reclaims vibrant and sustainable communities against homogeneous and monopolistic logistical giants. 

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