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!

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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Just a few hours in Paris

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.

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Squeeze that map!

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.

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Fractal beauty

Have you ever seen these maps by Emily Garfield? These are maps of imaginary places (and, also of existing cities). The structure of the drawings is ‘inspired by the visual language of maps and the fractal similarity that cities share with biological processes such as the patterns of cells and neurons’. I am really not an expert in biological processes but I immediately see what she means. And I love them: these seem to be cities you want to wander around en get lost in. Enjoy your (imaginary) city trip this Sunday afternoon!

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All images: Emily Garfield Art.

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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Neon is the new Black

Cool map alert! These Neon Maps City Posters by Jay Powell might be the perfect map for your living room or office. They are suitable for framing and there are various cities to choose from: Moscow, New York, Melbourne just to name a few. Ah, and countries too! And… if your region/city/country/favourite intersection is not on the list yet, you might just get it by backing the project on Kickstarter! Check it out, you only have 6 days left.

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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

#LondonLoveMap

Mappy Valentines Day! Do you happen to be searching for the love of your life in London? This Lovemap shows where London’s most active singles are, revealing London Bridge, Bank and Oxford Circus as some of the best places to find love in London.

Some fun facts about the Lovemap:
– The top five London love spots are: London Bridge, Bank, Liverpool Street, Oxford Circus and St. Paul’s
– There’s the least chance of finding love in All Saints, Mudchute, Rectory Road, South Bermondsey or Kilburn High Road
– The Lovemap can be accessed on your mobile phone (“so singles can plan a night out on the go, based on where they’re most likely to find love”, for the pragmatic approach!)
– If you’re looking for a last-minute Valentine you can get involved by tweeting hashtag #LondonLoveMap and your location
– This Lovemap is an initiative by online dating site Lovestruck, and mobile agency Fetch.

Feel the love! (And even better: find it)

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