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Envisioning the City: Six Studies in Urban Cartography (Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography)

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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 them."

Whether a Chinese vertical city plan from the first millennium B.C. 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 Chicago.

Although 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.

Synopsis:

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 from various times and places. 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 them".

The type of plan chosen and its focus reflect the aspects of a city that the map's creators wished to highlight. For instance, the earliest city plans known — Chinese vertical plans from the first millennium B.C. — reflected the Chinese ideal of the city, regardless of whether the actual cities depicted were so precisely planned, whereas bird's-eye view plans appended to a fifteenth-century edition of Ptolemy's Geography offered a different attitude toward urban space, one shaped by an aesthetic appreciation of classical and ecclesiastical buildings. City maps in early modern Spain served the ideological needs of churchmen and royal officials, but the military objective of deterring potential attackers led to the creation of different plans from the same time period, which depicted cities as impregnable fortifications. Military concerns were also reflected to some extent in the city models constructed for Louis XIV of France; the shrewd strategist Napoleon praised these highly detailed models as "the best maps that we have". And Daniel Burnham's famous 1909 Plan of Chicago used a distinct representational style to "sell" his version of the new Chicago.

Although city plans are among the oldest maps known, few books have been devoted to them. Historians of cartography and geography, architects, andurban planners will all enjoy this profusely illustrated volume.

Table of Contents

Editor's Note

Introduction by David Buisseret

1: Mapping the Chinese City: The Image and the Reality

Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt

2: Mapping the City: Ptolemy's Geography in the Renaissance

Naomi Miller

3: Urbs and Civitas in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Spain

Richard L. Kagan

4: Military Architecture and Cartography in the Design of the Early Modern City

Martha Pollak

5: Modeling Cities in Early Modern Europe

David Buisseret

6: The Plan of Chicago by Daniel H. Burnham and Edward H. Bennett: Cartographic and Historical Perspectives

Gerald A. Danzer

Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226079936
Editor:
Buisseret, David
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Editor:
Buisseret, David
Author:
Buisseret, David
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Maps
Subject:
Geography
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Cities and towns
Subject:
Cartography
Subject:
Cities and towns -- Maps.
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geography
Subject:
Geography-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography
Publication Date:
19980731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
94 halftones, 41 line drawings
Pages:
196
Dimensions:
9.25 x 8.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , 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 from various times and places. 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 them".

The type of plan chosen and its focus reflect the aspects of a city that the map's creators wished to highlight. For instance, the earliest city plans known — Chinese vertical plans from the first millennium B.C. — reflected the Chinese ideal of the city, regardless of whether the actual cities depicted were so precisely planned, whereas bird's-eye view plans appended to a fifteenth-century edition of Ptolemy's Geography offered a different attitude toward urban space, one shaped by an aesthetic appreciation of classical and ecclesiastical buildings. City maps in early modern Spain served the ideological needs of churchmen and royal officials, but the military objective of deterring potential attackers led to the creation of different plans from the same time period, which depicted cities as impregnable fortifications. Military concerns were also reflected to some extent in the city models constructed for Louis XIV of France; the shrewd strategist Napoleon praised these highly detailed models as "the best maps that we have". And Daniel Burnham's famous 1909 Plan of Chicago used a distinct representational style to "sell" his version of the new Chicago.

Although city plans are among the oldest maps known, few books have been devoted to them. Historians of cartography and geography, architects, andurban planners will all enjoy this profusely illustrated volume.

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