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Section by Emily Po


Logistical Subversion envisions a vertical urban typology of a new fulfillment center by proposing a hybrid of fulfillment and accelerator programs for small-scale productions. Located in Long Island City, a vastly developing manufacturing district, the design sets up a symbiotic relationship between logistics and production programs, which focuses on local and on-demand production. 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 that serves cities today. 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. The design thereby induces heterogeneous local production growth, which reclaims vibrant and sustainable communities against homogeneous and monopolistic logistical giants.