The Container Principle: How a Box Changes the Way We Think (Infrastructures)

The Container Principle: How a Box Changes the Way We Think (Infrastructures)


We reside in an international geared up round the box. Standardized twenty- and forty-foot delivery packing containers hold fabric items throughout oceans and over land; supply look after, workplace house, and garage potential; encourage motion pictures, novels, metaphors, and paradigms. this present day, TEU (Twenty Foot identical Unit, the legit dimension for transport boxes) has turn into whatever like a world foreign money. A box send, crusing lower than the flag of 1 nation yet owned by way of an organization founded in one other, sporting vehicle components from Japan, frozen fish from Vietnam, and rubber geese from China, deals a shiny illustration of the expanding, world-is-flat globalization of the overseas financial system. In The box Principle, Alexander Klose investigates the primary of the box and its impact at the means we are living and think.

Klose explores a sequence of "container occasions" of their old, political, and cultural contexts. He examines the box as a time pill, occasionally breaking unfastened and washing up onshore to show a list of artifacts of our tradition. He explains the "Matryoshka principle," explores the background of land-water shipping, and charts the 3 levels of box historical past. He examines the increase of logistics, the containerization of computing within the kind of modularization and standardization, the structure of container-like housing (citing either Le Corbusier and Malvina Reynolds's "Little Boxes"), and quite a number creative tasks encouraged by way of boxes. Containerization, spreading from actual garage to organizational metaphors, Klose argues, indications a metamorphosis within the basic order of pondering and issues. It has develop into a principle.

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