Human Exclusion Zones: Logistics and New Machine Landscapes

Jesse LeCavalier

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From automatically guided vehicles (AGVs) to robotic drive units (RDUs), warehouse operations have advanced apace in recent decades. Jesse LeCavalier – Assistant Professor of Architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, and Daniel Rose Visiting Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Architecture in New Haven, Connecticut – recounts the development of the latest generation of adaptive, environment-reconfiguring machines, such as those created by Kiva Systems and its successor Amazon Robotics, and discusses their effect on architecture itself.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-55
Number of pages8
JournalArchitectural Design
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Architecture
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


  • Amazon
  • Amazon Robotics
  • Army Logistician
  • Chino
  • EM Forster's The Machine Stops
  • Kevin Kelly's New Rules for the New Economy: 10 Radical Strategies for a Connected World
  • Kiva Systems
  • Langdon Winner
  • Los Angeles
  • Mick Mountz
  • Ontario
  • Steven Johnson's Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities
  • Valentino Braitenberg
  • Watson Land Company
  • automatically guided vehicle (AGV)
  • robotic drive units (RDUs)
  • ‘human exclusion zone’


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