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The Long(ish) Read: Walter Benjamin Unpacking his Library

04:00 - 24 August, 2015
The Long(ish) Read: Walter Benjamin Unpacking his Library, Walter Benjamin in Paris. Image © Gisèle Freund
Walter Benjamin in Paris. Image © Gisèle Freund

Welcome to The Long(ish) Read: a new AD feature which uncovers texts written by notable essayists which resonate with contemporary architecture, interior architecture, urbanism or landscape design. In this essay, written in 1931, Walter Benjamin narrates the process of unpacking his library. All in boxes, he takes the reader through elements of his book collection: the memories attached to them, the importance he placed on the act of 'collecting' and the process of accumulation, and how objects like books inhabit a space.