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SPIJKENISSE: MAKE SOME NOISE. Nicoline Baartman. MVRDV, Rotterdam, 2013. Published in association with nai010 Uitgevers/Publishers, Rotterdam, and Pictoright, Amsterdam. Biography of a Building. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 260 pp. (88 foldout) with 375 ills. (191 col.). 22 x 16 cm. ISBN 9789462081109 In English.
Publisher's description: MVRDV's Book Mountain is a building with a mission: to encourage a town populated by the least enthusiastic readers in the Netherlands--Spijkenisse, in South Holland--to switch off their televisions and start reading books again. Former Volkskrant newspaper editor Nicoline Baartman's "biography" of Book Mountain, from conception to construction, paints a picture of the town of Spijkenisse and the political and social contexts in which such buildings are realized. Book Mountain Spijkenisse is the story of an architect with a vision, a revolutionary counselor, the widow of a veterinarian, an art-oriented library director and a visionary hero from India who saves the town. The motives of the protagonists and the context are described in an accessible, straightforward style. Baartman's book offers a fascinating portrayal of life and customs in a new polder town. The story is illustrated with photographs by Marcel Veldman and informative graphics by MVRDV.
Indexing: Western, Non-Western in a Western Style, Asia (Western Style) — India — Post-1945 — Architecture — Urban Planning
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 163114
Hardcover $39.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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