Higly specific Logistics

November 21, 2018

Task 2“As pallets and containers revolutionized the architecture of the harbour by allowing traditional stevedoring and docking tasks to become automated processes, so digital technologies and warehousing software transformed the way goods are measured, coded, and dispatched, progressively reducing architecture to colossal semiautomatic sheds. ”

“Logistics also entailed the disposition of the battlefield, the construction of defensive systems and urban settlements and the planning of infrastructure and communication networks.”

“In other words, the farther the requirements of exchange expanded across the planet – spreading the standardisation of time, space, matter, quantity, and motion – the more they constructed a “kind of abstract framework into which all observable phenomena are bound to fit” and on which every system of production is based.”

Francesco Marullo is here talking more the Logistics in Architecture and building, and how especially with the standardisation and globalisation everything has become a network of exchange. I chose these three quotes to illustrate how a standardised production line deeply influenced the modern world of buying and selling goods.  In my case it is not at all a standardized but highly specific product, but still there is a whole network of standardised processes behind it, that support and actually produce the end product, which in this case are my glasses.

Only in the product line there are 4 countries and at least 10 people involved, as you probably have already read in the Infrastrustruce beyond borders which was published in this series.

But was in interesting here is how the Network works outside of just the product line, different universities stay in contact with each other through research and conferences or on a much smaller scale exchange students and professors. The optician and the Designers stay in contact to make the product more comfortable. Countries have their whole own way of foreign affairs to talk and interact with each other. One material is more available and cheaper in one region or country and labour or knowledge is more readily available in another country.  And obviously research at the university in one country  contributes to the machinery, the infrastructure and the end production and development of any product, no matter where it is in the end.

Task 3
Michaela Ulmann


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