Speaker

Adam Kalkin

Adam Kalkin

“He’s one of architecture’s more unorthodox practitioners, but original thinking may be what’s called for as architecture works its way through what Kalkin calls a ‘crisis of relevance.’”
– Fast Company

Artist and architect Adam Kalkin’s repurposed shipping container homes are encouraging people to think — quite literally — out of the box. He reuses shipping containers to create scalable, flexible, industrial-style homes at reasonable prices, creating scalable solutions for everything from disaster relief housing to luxury homes.

After graduating in English from Vassar College, Kalkin then studied architecture in London. Drawing from his interdisciplinary approach from the worlds of music, literature and the visual arts, he refuses to be constrained to the title of an architect. He thrives on the challenge of repurposing traditional objects, and has a personal fascination with junk. He loves “the idea of re-using industrial detritus that were created in other places for other reasons.” Inspired by the stacks of disused shipping containers piled up on the docks outside his normal route to New York City, he discovered a “natural scaleability in this idea of containerization that transfers well to architectural solutions to population problems and natural disaster problems.”