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KM3-EXCURSIONS ON CAPACITIES Hardcover – December 30, 1899

ISBN-13: 978-8495951854 ISBN-10: 8495951851 Edition: Har/DVD

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  • Hardcover: 1408 pages
  • Publisher: Actar; Har/DVD edition (December 30, 1899)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8495951851
  • ISBN-13: 978-8495951854
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 6.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chris on May 30, 2007
"Three-dimensionality can be seen as architecture's fundamental existence, the profession's acclaimed domain. In times of globalizations and scale enlargement, an update of this definition seems needed: meters turn into kilometers, M3 becomes KM3."

KM3 is the newest tome brought to us by the group at MVRDV. Similar to FARMAX and its explorations of densities, this publication is loaded with ideas and projects, the large majority of which remain unbuilt, or even unbuildable. This agglomeration gives the reader a brick of over 1400 pages of type, photographs, renderings and sketches that will literally stand on its own on any shelf. Apparently, MVRDV first wished to publish each chapter (ten in all) as a series of smaller volumes, but concede that the cost of doing so was not feasible.

Throughout the bulk of pages, many extravagant ideas are presented. Most of these are simply unresolved sketch exercises reminiscent of the broad range of concepts found in any progressive architecture school. But, there is also documentation of elegant built work interspersed throughout, such as the Frosilo apartments in Copenhagen and the Patio 2 residences in The Hague. A sometimes surprising amount of effort is devoted to topics of research, the hypotheses of which reap interesting conclusions, such as in the study of stacked pig farming in the Netherlands.

KM3 does not break from common criticism of books of this nature - there is an abundance of flair, yet a distinct lack of rigor; perhaps another excursion on capacity could have shortened this book to one third its size. The progressively experimental nature of the publication can be commended, however, and readers should be surprised with the built work that is presented in KM3, as much of it has scantily been published.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martha Lluch on May 3, 2013
I have no complaints everything was perfect. Even its a heavy book the video makes a perfect summary of the book
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7 of 14 people found the following review helpful By mdr on March 30, 2007
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oma's S,M,L,XL was great and innovative in 1995. But now,this kind of compilation of whatever social/urban/scientific information data, and using that to make architecture via new computer techniques is getting boring. this book have thousands of data but the architectural idea is very shallow. They should just concentrate on architecture and explain about their architectural ideas instead of these graphic data books which the Dutch seems to love nowadays. I have returned this book to get their regular book by another author. Hope it is better than this one.
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