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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713487895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713487893
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 7.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,371,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adam Kalkin is an architect and artist based in New Jersey. His work has been exhibited in New York, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Utrecht. Among his built projects are the Collector's House at the Shelburne Museum, Vermont, Home for A Hollywood Producer in Los Angeles, Martha's Vineyard House, and the Farm House, New Jersey.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Watson on December 17, 2002
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...because you cannot imagine what is in it; I find it remarkable that anyone could. I bought this book mainly based on the cover picture, because I like looking at innovative design. I did not expect the combination of (1) delightful, radically imaginative, yet practical architecture / interior design with (2) insightfully sardonic Monty Pythonesque, Warren Zevonish humor. The blend, throughout, is liberating. There are many excellent photos as well as professional and kid-like drawings. You will feel admiration. You will laugh. You will want a house made of shipping containers. You will want to call the number that shoots the gun that misses the ...(buy book to find out what). The book includes plans and photos of the author's art exhibits. It will make you want to sit down with pencil and paper to design! Nothing could have prepared me to appreciate this book except all the crap I've been exposed to in the last 40 years that is supposed to be penetrating, funny, and original in art and building. It is what you really want on your coffee or bedside table. You'll feel badly if your dogs rip it up. It is not an imitation. It will damage that dead stuff that hangs out in your CNS.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dave wallace on November 23, 2002
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This is a strange and wonderful book. I have never really seen one like it before. It violently yokes together images of Kalkin's buildings, performances, sculpture, technology, drawings and writing into an unexpectedly coherent psychobiography.
This book would be of interest to architects, artists, writers and people literate in the arts.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By meowmeow on December 2, 2002
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This book is a big surprise for you!!!
You have not seen the book of architecture anything like this!!!
The book evolves a new field of architectural design thinking
which denies the mainstream of conceptual architecture of nowadays and will let you reconsider the humanism in the design process.
Even anyone who accepts Rem Koolhaas as such a leading architect will be moved by Kalkinfs powerful ideology.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 26, 2004
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"Semantic incontinence" is a term from the list of '100 Comments on Architecture and Hygiene' at the conclusion of this book by Adam Kalkin, and I feel that this two word turn of phrase encapsulates the narrative of this book as well as any other. The book is extremely difficult, no, impossible, to categorize. It is essentially a photographic primer on the stark, almost anarchist, ultra-modern architectural works of Kalkin. I am a great fan of contemporary and industrial architecture, but I have never seen it taken to this level before.
Interspersed with the architectural forays are hand drawn, child-like sketches of concepts that are far beyond the boundaries of normal architecture books. In particular, the "Sphincter of Loneliness" on p. 94 caught my attention, as did the test on p. 59, which features such questions as these:
Diaper is to Sari as:
a) urbanism is to classicism
b) rain is to fog
c) fez is to spanking
Who was the least well known:
a) Plotinus
b) Elvis
c) The Nancy Drew Series
Essay: Write twenty words or less on the following topic
Clinton: Sage or Bedwetter?
Clearly this is no ordinary architect. While some of his works are a bit too industrial even for my tastes, you will be hard pressed to find a more unusual, stimulating, weird, or fun book on contemporary architecture.
It is simply mind boggling.
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First I need to say I LOVE Adam Kalkins architecture with containers; very innovative and impressive. But this book is not a book to get if you want to see examples or pictures of his designs. Instead it is an attempt at creating an underground "artsy" book with rudimentary sketches and weird photography. Instead of great pics and diagrams of his architecture I got sequential pictures of a naked man getting tarred and feathered, and sketches of an "invention" where you stick your hand in a vat of petroleum jelly...For pics of his architecture look at Quick Build: Adam Kalkins ABC of Container Architecture.
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The book is ok but i had diferent espectations about it. x x x x x x x x x
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