Logistical Urbanization proposes urbanizing Northeastern Illinois according to planetary logistics networks and regional ecologies with an emphasis on biodiversity, agriculture, and hydrology. The strategy co-locates housing, retail, warehousing, distribution facilities, and intermodal freight facilities according to dynamic environmental processes, existing regional land uses, and existing transportation infrastructure.
Since the deregulation of the transportation industry in the 1980s, the use of the shipping container for transporting goods manufactured in newly industrializing Asian countries to sites of consumption the United States has given rise to vast logistics landscapes. This back-stage network of rails, warehousing, and distribution facilities sustains the front-stage lifestyles commonly associated with the so-called city. Despite this inseparable link, in North America the design disciplines all too often focus on dense central business districts or waterfront brownfields as site for intervention.
As a response to this, Logistical Urbanization uses new analytical categories rooted in the fields of ecology, landscape architecture, transportation geography, and critical urban theory to uncover new methods and sites of intervention. By doing so, the project produces a more holistic reading of 21st century urbanization than many of design’s existing theoretical frameworks and analytical categories allow for.