dr Peter Martyn, Instytut Sztuki, Polska Akademia Nauk,
Miejsce: Gmach dawnej Biblioteki Uniwersyteckiej, UW, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, Warszawa
‘Europe’s Administrative Capital and the World’s Greatest Port: Viewing the ‘success’ of modern-day Brussels and Rotterdam in the context of the urban history of the Low Countries’
This lecture is intended to examine some of the more essential aspects of the contemporary ascendancy of Brussels and Rotterdam by placing the kind of images currently associated with the names of these two comparatively unpopulous and yet exceptionally important metropolitan centres in the time-and-space backgrounds of regional urban history. Especial consideration is to be made of how forces at work in the urban environment, both in the present and over time, find their reflection in contemporary architectural forms and whatever has been preserved of buildings predating the age in which we now live.
Peter MARTYN is an urban and architectural historian based since the mid-1990s at the Art Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IS PAN) in Warsaw. He studied Polish language, literature and history at London University (SSESS) before writing a PhD thesis on the tenement house as main building type in the large-scale urban development of Warsaw prior to World War One. He has published articles in both Polish and English on a wide range of subjects relating to his main specialisations, with specific focus on transformations brought about to towns and cities in Western and Eastern (Central) Europe during the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as ongoing transmutation in the new millennium.