Productive Goods Sharing through Standardization

Stop City (by Dogma Per Vittoro Aurelli Martno Tattara, 2007)
The Containers: Stacking, Packing, and Moving the World ( by Charmaine Chua, 2016)

“The city [No-stop City] is a continuous ambiance made by repetitive conditions of light, communication, air-conditioning, merchandized transportation, and all the social connections – material and immaterial – that were needed in order to make a city works and reproduces itself” (DOGMA, 2007, pp. 4)

The modularity of the box facilitated stacking in ships and easy transfer of goods onto truck or rail, enabling intermodal forms of transport. Its uniformity allowed for the predictable tracking of goods through computerized systems and bills of lading” (Chua, 2016, pp.4)

Limitation of Goods Sharing through the Role of the Extra-State

Stop City (by Dogma Per Vittorio Aurelli Martino Tattara, 2007)
Duty Free Art (by Hito Steyerl, 2015)

In the project that we present we understand the problem of city form
not only in terms of its morphological appearances, but also within the broader formal and political concept of form, that is the limit” (DOGMA, 2007, pp. 1-2).

“The Freeport contains multiple contradictions: it is a zone of legalized extra negativity maintained by nation-state trying to emulate failed states as closely as possible by selectively losing control” (Steryl, 2015, pp.4)

“The task of scheduling production, storage, transportation, and delivery-had become a routine business function, and not just for manufacturers.” (Levinson, 2006, pp.266)

The container, combined with the computer, sharply reduced that risk, opening the way to globalization” (Levinson, 2006, pp. 267)

“Not all ports had the depths required to handle the biggest ships… Factories whose goods use those ports will have the lowest rates and the lowest costs in lost time, saving money on imported inputs and gaining a cost advantage
in export markets. Manufacturers in poorer countries, where ports are less busy or less well managed, will find that their high logistics costs make competing in foreign markets a difficult proposition.” (Levinson, 2006, pp. 271-272)

Containers might look small in shape but it actually plays a very important role in infrastructure where its standardization actually creates flexibility, but who does it benefit too? It’s amazing to see how the production line is able to change the status of a state, where a state near to the coast has a better chance of becoming financially strong whereas states in the Midlands will have to accept the high logistic cost.

The majority of the metal boxes moving around the world hold not televisions and dresses, but industrial products such as synthetic resins, engine parts, wastepaper, screws, and yes, Barbie’s hair.” (Levinson, 2006, pp. 268)

The specificity of global connections is an ever-present reminder that universal claims do not actually make everything everywhere the same… we must become embroiled in specific situations. And thus it is necessary to
begin again, and again, in the middle of things.” (Tsing, 2005, pp.1-2)


It was here when I realize the connection between these two texts. When there are differences in different part of the world, they tend to collaborate in order to achieve/gain something they need and in this part from ‘The Box’, items are gathered from all around the world as different items can be found in every part of the world.

January 14, 2019

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