The Library: a global perspective

The Library: a global perspective

Prof. Dr. James Campbell
22 October 2019 - 7pm
Stadscampus - C204
Prinsstraat 13 - 2000 Antwerpen

In The Library: a World History architect and architectural historian Jamaes Campbell brings the evolution of library buildings through the ages from the beginning of writing to the present day. Throughout the ages, book collections have served to symbolize their owners' culture and societal reflections. In its most splendid form the library becomes a total work of art, combining painting, sculpture, furniture, architecture and urban planning into cultural and social spaces. The finest libraries are repositories of not just of books, but of learning, creativity and contemplation.

James Campbell

Prof. Dr. James Campbell is an architect and architectural historian. He is Fellow in Architecture and History at Queens’ College and head of the Department of Architecture. Before entering academia he practised as an architect in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and the United States. His research is focusing on Material Culture, with a specific interest in Construction History. This interest led among others to his first book Brick: a World History (2003), Building Saint Paul’s (2007) and The Library: a world History (2013). For this work, he travelled the globe together with his friend photographer Will Pryce.