Q&A with Adam Kalkin

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In the In the Modern World section of our June 2009 issue, I reviewed artist-architect Adam Kalkin’s new monograph, Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. The book is a compilation of built and unbuilt projects, all based on using shipping containers as the fundamental building block, with essays by Barry Bergdoll, Will McLean, and Alastair Gordon. I recently spoke with Kalkin about Quik Build, architecture as a perfomative art, and the longevity of building with containers.

Modern home with Exterior, Glass Siding Material, Metal Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, and House Building Type. Adriance House by Adam Kalkin. Photo from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin. Photo  of Q&A with Adam KalkinView Photos

Adriance House by Adam Kalkin. Photo from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin.

Sections of the Adriance House by Adam Kalkin. Photo from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin. Photo  of Q&A with Adam Kalkin modern homeView Photos

Sections of the Adriance House by Adam Kalkin. Photo from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin.

The living room, snuggled into a shipping container, in the Adriance House by Adam Kalkin. Photo from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin. Photo  of Q&A with Adam Kalkin modern homeView Photos

The living room, snuggled into a shipping container, in the Adriance House by Adam Kalkin. Photo from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin.

Adriance House by Adam Kalkin. Photo from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin. Photo  of Q&A with Adam Kalkin modern homeView Photos

Adriance House by Adam Kalkin. Photo from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin.

Sketches of the Boite en Valise by Adam Kalkin. Page from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin. Photo  of Q&A with Adam Kalkin modern homeView Photos

Sketches of the Boite en Valise by Adam Kalkin. Page from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin.

Boite en Valise by Adam Kalkin. Page from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin. Photo  of Q&A with Adam Kalkin modern homeView Photos

Boite en Valise by Adam Kalkin. Page from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin.

Push Button House 1 by Adam Kalkin. Page from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin. Photo  of Q&A with Adam Kalkin modern homeView Photos

Push Button House 1 by Adam Kalkin. Page from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin.

Images of the Push Button House 1 by Adam Kalkin. Page from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin. Photo  of Q&A with Adam Kalkin modern homeView Photos

Images of the Push Button House 1 by Adam Kalkin. Page from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin.

Images of the Push Button House 1 by Adam Kalkin. Page from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin. Photo  of Q&A with Adam Kalkin modern homeView Photos

Images of the Push Button House 1 by Adam Kalkin. Page from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin.

Close up of the Illy coffee Push Button House 1 by Adam Kalkin. Photo from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin. Photo  of Q&A with Adam Kalkin modern homeView Photos

Close up of the Illy coffee Push Button House 1 by Adam Kalkin. Photo from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin.

The Illy coffee Push Button House 1 by Adam Kalkin in action. Page from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin. Photo  of Q&A with Adam Kalkin modern homeView Photos

The Illy coffee Push Button House 1 by Adam Kalkin in action. Page from Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. Courtesy of Adam Kalkin.