Universe of Amsterdam: great exhibition at Royal Palace Amsterdam

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!

Wishlist material: CityWood

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 :).

Feeling Blaeu

Well, you can definitely add this one to your to do list when visiting Amsterdam this summer: go see the exhibition ‘The world according to Blaeu | Master Cartographer of the Golden Age’ in Het Scheepvaartmuseum (the maritime museum in Amsterdam). The centerpiece of this exhibition is a huge map of the world by Joan Blaeu, dating from 1648. Visitors -older & young, because you better start infusing map love to your young ones rather early!- can look into the tiniest details on the map using magnifying glasses. It’s on show until 31 December, so make sure you fit it into your plans for that upcoming city trip to Amsterdam.

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Photo credits: Kenneth Stamp

Pssst: Remember the map jacket photo shoot I did back in 2012? That was also at the Scheepvaartmuseum, one of my favourite museums in Amsterdam.
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Literature & Maps Combined: Readable Amsterdam

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.

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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.

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Map of Amsterdam Museums

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 🙂 ).

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Get Lost in Straetview: 17th Century Amsterdam

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!).

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MATC loves: Maps by Floor Rieder

Floor Rieder is a Dutch illustrator who creates awesome things and who happens to like & use maps. Good news for us, because now we can share some of her work with you (these shopping maps were published in a special by Dutch newspaper Het Parool, last Saturday). Go Floor!

Map by Floor Rieder, Maps and the City

Map by Floor Rieder, Maps and the City

Map by Floor Rieder, Maps and the City

Map by Floor Rieder, Maps and the City

Map by Floor Rieder, Maps and the City