Envisioning the City Six Studies in Urban Cartography The

Envisioning the City Six Studies in Urban Cartography The Kenneth Nebenzahl Jr Lectures in the History of Cartography Churchman or merchant soldier or sanitary engineer everyone who lives in a city sees it differently Envisioning the City explores how these points of urban view have been expressed in city plans Ranging from vertical plans to bird's eye views profiles and three dimensional models these diverse maps all show cities the way people want to see themWhether a Chinese vertical city plan from the first millennium BC or a bird's eye view appended to a fifteenth century edition of Ptolemy's Geography the type of plan chosen and its focus reflected the aspects of a city that the map's creators wished to highlight For instance maps of seventeenth century cities emphasized impregnable fortifications as a deterrent to potential attackers And Daniel Burnham's famous 1909 Plan of Chicago used a distinct representational style to sell his version of the new ChicagoAlthough city plans are among the oldest maps known few books have been devoted to them Historians of cartography and geography architects and urban planners will all enjoy this profusely illustrated volume

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