A Double-Headed Monster
Oswald Mathias Ungers' project for the Rotterdam AIR Competition, 1982
in Esthetics and Politics of Logistics,
Venice | Rotterdam
Edited by Hamed Khosravi, Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin, Filippo LaFleur. Contributors: Neeraj Bhatia, Miles Gertler, Carola Hein, Jesse LeCavalier, Francesco Marullo, Han Meyer, Baktash Sarang Javanbakht, Giovanna Silva, Lóránt Tavasszy, Alberto Toscano, Maria Chiara Tosi, Paola Viganò, Guido Zucconi
The architecture of logistics is profoundly political. It measures, maps, and modulates the terrain through its projection of power-relations onto the topography. It creates spatial networks that are constituted through the circulation of capital and calibrated to meet the requirements for security and risk management. Such a direct translation of risk factors and economic values into a spatial configuration inevitably produces a territory that is alienated from both the natural topography and forms of labor. The book is an inquiry into the nature of changing paradigms in logistics. It aims to offer a cross-disciplinary platform for an exchange of ideas among artists, architects, historians, philosophers, engineers, and planners. We believe that it is only through cultivating a common imaginary that we will be able to know, resist, and effectively work against and from within the logistical system that shapes our lives, territories, and cities.