Envisioning the City: Six Studies in Urban 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 ...

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