LeCavalier concludes the book by reviewing relevant topics in architecture that have been implicated by the practices of logistics—for example, typology, systems based thinking, and territorial scale. It is also at this point that LeCavalier broaches the ethical implications of this kind of research, suggesting how knowledge about logistical practices may be leveraged to pursue alternatives to commercial efficiency and the resultant happiness that acquiring a product may create. “Logistics could instead play a role in the development of a eudaemonistic landscape,” or an alternative space for the city motivated by other moral imperatives (221). While The Rule of Logistics is not really focused on constructing an alternative narrative for commercial urbanization, it suggests that working through the rules of its production is a way to start.
The theory of the “decorated shed,” for example, was derived from observations of billboards and casinos in Las Vegas and became the basis for a surface-based approach to designing architecture. See Denise Scott Brown, Steven Izenour, and Robert Venturi, Learning from Las Vegas (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1977). OMA’s striped design for Parc de la Villette and numerous other projects derive from observations of the Downtown Athletic Club in Rem Koolhaas’s book; see Rem Koolhaas, Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan (New York: Monacelli Press, 2014).
How to Cite this Article: Piper, Michael. Review of The Rule of Logistics: Walmart and the Architecture of Fulfillment, by Jessie LeCavalier. JAE Online. June 28, 2018. http://www.jaeonline.org/articles/reviews-books/rule-logistics-walmart-and-architecture-fulfillment#/.