After a summer full of map stuff (hosting the International Conference on the History of Cartography in Amsterdam in July was definately a highlight and an incredible adventure for me. Now, I am back at Mapsandthecity.com and planning to pick up on blogging more often. So, if you have any mappy suggestions for me to blog about, feel free to drop me a note!
But first things first. You still have a few weeks left (until 22 September to be exact) to visit an incredible exhibition in Amsterdam: The Universe of Amsterdam in the Royal Palace Amsterdam.
The eye catchers of the exhibition (but actually for the palace itself as well!) are the huge floor maps in the middle of the Citizen’s Hall of the Royal Palace. They are the largest maps in the entire world! The three maps of the world and the night sky each measure 624 centimetres in diameter. They are an essential part of the design conceived by the architect Jacob van Campen for this building: his entire concept was based on creating the impressive town hall as a miniature universe. Hence the title of the exhibition.
The exhibition focuses on the role of Amsterdam in the Golden Age: productivity of maps and atlases was huge in Amsterdam in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. The great and informative exhibition in produced in partnership with Allard Pierson│ The Collections of the University of Amsterdam, and contains beautiful loans such as the impressive Blaeu Cabinet.
Make sure to visit this expo before September 22!
Maps in your living room. There are various options when it comes to home decoration with maps. But this new one I like a lot: CityWood launched a Kickstarter campaign just a few weeks ago and they already reached their goal easily, multiple times even! Their maps show cities with their streets and water networks: all 3D printed in plywood. They are handfinished with a varnish, showing off the lasercut layers in a very pretty way.
Thanks for making my wish list of map-things grow even further ArchDaily :).
One of the latest additions to my map collection at home: this Leesbaar Amsterdam map of Amsterdam. Created by Yolanda Huntelaar, Louis Stiller and Erik Nieuwenhuis, this map guides you through the city through quotes from literature, poems and songs. It’s cleverly designed showing you streets, water, parks etc filled up with quotes that actually match the location on the map perfectly. It is possible to wander through literature by simply looking at the map. Or, to stroll down the streets of your city and learn more about authors or singers with a strong connection to your own neighbourhood.
And after the big success of the literary map of Amsterdam, the map of Bergen will be presented this weekend. Bergen is a small town in the Netherlands with a very rich local history filled with authors and poets. So, if you like literature and maps, this might be a perfect gift for you. Best to be combined with a trip to Amsterdam and/or Bergen of course, so this could be your perfect excuse for a city trip! You’re welcome.
Well, if you happen to be in Paris for just a day and you just don’t know where to start choosing what to do/see/eat/visit, here’s the perfect little helper. The guys at TripAside created this Layover Map of Paris for you to help you decide what to do.The map suggests a route through Paris composed with tips from locals: charming streets, good food, Paris-highlights and nice boutiques to do some shopping for your crew at home! TripAside will send you a PDF of the map for free if you just drop them an email.
This is a great invention. Dénes Sátor, a design student from Hungary, was inspired by globes and created this egg-shaped map. If you squeeze the map it pops out and shows you details of the city of Budapest. So, if you are stressed out about finding your way around Budapest, this map could be of assistance in two ways: reducing your stress levels and showing you the right way! Great thinking.
Looking for a website with a lot of mappy options in one place: try visiting Wallpapered.com. Obviously there are more websites where you can order wallpapers, but these guys really understand the beauty and awesomeness of maps. And we like that at MATC HQ! You can order various ‘standard’ map wallpapers, but you can also request information about a custom made map wallpaper, for instance with a map of your own city or region.
I’ve entered my information to request more information about a custom map wallpaper with specific measurements, and the quick reply I got seems prove of their high service level. The only thing left for me to do is figure out what map to choose and to convince my boyfriend we should really add some map wallpaper to our home.. Wish me luck!
And here’s a preview of the website when you request more information about your specific map:
Well, here is a nice mash-up: see my personal interest meeting my job. Quite a nice map for a cartogeek who works in the museum industry in Amsterdam. Amsterdamtips.com published this metro style map of museums in Amsterdam. As you can see on the central line, the Allard Pierson Museum is on it. In the next edition they should add the Special Collections right next to it (especially because of the huge map collection there 🙂 ).
I can pretend it did not take ages since my last post, but that would be unfair. I haven’t had much time for Maps and the City lately, which is a shame. Was there not enough cool map stuff out there? Definitely not! There’s more than enough beautiful and cool design things going on. So the good news is, I’m back with loads of inspiration. Here we go, let’s start with one of my recent finds on Etsy:
These cufflinks, rings and necklace pendants are handmade and called Good Night Rome, Good Night Berlin, Good Night Warsaw: you get the idea. The image on this jewellery is based on satellite night photos. The artist (Simon from FruitBijoux) added some gold metal particles to the surface to create a shimmering view on the city. Very pretty if you ask me!
Looking for a good reason to visit Amsterdam this Spring? The Amsterdam-based maritime museum Het Scheepvaartmuseum just openend a great exhibition on their Atlases. Very high on my to do list, as you can imagine.
If you can’t really book tickets to Amsterdam anytime soon, you’re still lucky: today the museum launched the website Straet View (think Google Street view goes seventeenth century). Great fun to wonder around seventeenth century Amsterdam.
I’ll keep you guys updated about when I’ve visited the exhibition because there will be a lot more map fun in The Atlases (so be careful… that post might still trigger you to visit Amsterdam real soon!).