“The Rule of Logistics,” Logistics, Flow, and Contemporary Urbanism: A conversation with Keller Easterling, Jesse LeCavalier, and Clare Lyster, Cabinet

Panel discussion at Cabinet related to recently released books on Nov 15, 2016, including Jesse's "The Rule of Logistics". 


From the description

The field of logistics, which seeks to optimize the flow of materials, people, and data across the globe, dominates contemporary life, modifying not just our infrastructure and physical spaces but also our subjectivity and modes of behavior. We demand that our Amazon package be sent cross-country overnight; that fresh roses from Colombia appear at the local deli within days of being cut; and that an Uber car pick us up in a matter of minutes. 

Increasingly, the field of logistics is gaining scholarly traction in the design disciplines. Through work on supply chain systems, data networks, new forms of delivery, and the politics of logistical space, architects and urban theorists are not only exploring how logistical networks format urban territory but are employing logistical processes to examine contemporary space. 



Indexical Landscapes at Art Center College in Pasadena.

Jesse will be presenting his work at the upcoming event at Art Center College in Pasadena. 


From the description: 

"Our streets stream data from embedded sensors, our metropoles splinter into districts defined by delivery logistics or crime data, while our contested zones yield their secrets to drone surveillance. Our cities and metropolitan regions are code-spaces, algorithmic landscapes, with layers of data and informational networks laid atop, and often spilling over, their traditional geographic boundaries. “Now, There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City,” a concurrent exhibition in Art Center for Design’s gallery, will feature projects that explore these new forms and practices of digital urbanity. Yet even without their datified dressings, our landscapes have long been shaped using techniques and technologies that render them “intelligent” and intelligible – either to we humans who inhabit them, or to the various tools we use to cultivate, navigate, and operationalize them. So many of our landscapes – from factory farms and container ports, to libraries and factories, to airwaves and railways and codifed urban “zones” – materialize, and even render perceptible, the logics behind their own organization, management, and use. This panel discussion examines myriad such “indexical landscapes,” those spaces shaped to refer to their own organized content and operative logics."

Daniels Fora with Neil Brenner and Richard Sommer at the University of Toronto.

Jesse will take part in a discussion at the University of Toronto with Neil Brenner and Richard Sommer. 


From the description:

"What is a "global city”? Are distinctions such as urban and rural, society and nature, or city and suburb still useful? When almost all the earth’s surface is subject to human technological intervention, is it time for a new way of understanding urbanization?

Four decades ago, the French sociologist Henri Lefebvre prophesized that the complete urbanization of society was inevitable. Today, we have come to accept a process of global urbanization derived from a set of complex relationships — political, economic, environmental, among others — that bring diverse territories together.  Yet, particularly for those who plan and design cities, there remains a deeply held belief in the value of making distinctions between “cities” as dense agglomerations of culture and capital, and other urbanizing territories.

Part of the Daniels Fora series, “Uber Urbanism” will critically examine the central role that the concept of “city” has in framing how we understand (and study) urbanism, and whether or not cities are a unique “species" among the world’s geographies."

Post Empirical Urbanism Conference at Daniels School of Architecture, University of Toronto

Jesse will be presenting his work at the Post Empirical Urbanism Conference at Daniels School of Architecture, University of Toronto on February 27, 2015. 


From the description

"A new empirical urbanism has emerged over the past two generations, drawing habits of mind and methods of observation from the natural and social sciences, and making use of emerging forms of statistical and visual analysis. Such practices take observation, systematic documentation, and artful analysis of the city, as given, as a precondition to any designed intervention. For our purposes Empirical Urbanism is a framework for revealing the sometimes hidden philosophical assumptions, and design alibis among a diverse group of urban theories and practices that, while often thought to represent opposing ideologies, share an empirical approach.

This symposium will interrogate this trend, asking how urbanism as an art and a set of practices may gain from more explicitly deciphering the relationship between the ways we characterize the past and present city, and how we go about projecting alternate futures for it. Our title notwithstanding, we do not imagine an end to empirical urban research. Rather, the discussion and debates we hope to sponsor have the aim of repositioning observation-based practice, and airing new approaches to seeing and designing the city."