Hi I'm Marleen Smit, a Amsterdam based map historian. I am an editor for the magazine Caert-Thresoor, publish articles and do lectures on the history of cartography. Besides that I go crazy about map inspired design, fashion, art, gadgets. This blog is all about Maps (love) and the City (life): maps, art, photography, architecture, city vibes, expositions, urban planning, cartography, the..
Tomorrow will be a big day for Maps and the City head quarters: I’ve contributed to a book that will be presented tomorrow! I am very grateful to the publisher -Maarten van Steenbergen of Lannoo publishers- and to the authors of the book -Reinder Storm and Marieke van Delft- for their invitation to be a co-writer on this publication project. For young researchers it means the world if you can join in projects like this one and get your work published.
There has been very hard work, long research and writing hours, and loads of energy and effort put in to this book. Marieke and Reinder have written the majority of the 100 map chapters, and Bram Vannieuwenhuyze, Huibert Crijns, Peter van der Krogt en I have written the rest. The book is published by Lannoo, you probably know them because of their other beautiful publications such as Atlas de Wit.
I am so very happy with the beautiful book that is the result. I will share more about the book after the publication tomorrow, but here is a sneak peek.
Sometimes you stumble upon ideas that are just great. Like this project by Mark Jeffery, who is running an Indiegogo campaign right now for his goodwoodglobes: wooden globes with relief. Mark realised that maps of the world will never be accurate enough since projection always distorts our world a bit, because the world actually is round (I know, this must come as a shock…). And also Mark wants to show the actual elevation of mountains et cetera on the surface of the world. Hence his drive to create these wooden globes.
The globes and maps are based on data from national institutions such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the US Geological Survey (USGS), Natural Resources Canada (NRC) and Ordnance Survey (OS). Mark lives up in the Canadian mountains and needs this crowdfunding campaign to get a woodcarving robot at home to be able to create his goodwoodglobes from home (instead of in an FabLab down in the valley). He is funding twothirds himself, and offers you great perks in return for your investment in this campaign.
The campaign runs for just a few more weeks, so if you are interested to support an artist or to add a wooden globe to your home: support this guy!
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 :).
It’s been way to long since my last blogpost up on the site. The good news is I’ve been busy, with a lot of things that are map related also. At work, I am getting started with organising the International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) that will be held in Amsterdam in 2019. I have the honour of being the conference director, a job I am happy to take on. This project already brought great fun and I have the luck to be working with great people on this project. Our workfun started in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, last July at the 2017 edition of the conference.
For now, I just wanted to let you guys know that Maps and the City is still alive and kicking, even though I am just a little less active online. Drop me an e-mail if you have any suggestions what you would like to read about. And also, for more regular updates check our Facebook page!
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.
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.
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, since the holidays are only 1 nod away (at least it feels like it when autumn kicks in) I thought it could be useful to help you with some map inspired gift ideas. We’re starting off with this beautiful book just published in Oxford: ‘Treasures from the Map room’. I know from first hand that the map room of the Bodleian Libraries holds some very beautiful treasures, such as the awesome map below (I wrote my thesis on cartoon maps during my masters programme in Oxford).
But, lets get back to the wishlist for the holidays this year. Check out this beautiful publication, edited by Debbie Hall. You might want to add this to your personal wishlist!
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.