One city's ‘urban cosmography’

  title={One city's ‘urban cosmography’},
  author={Jeremy Kargon},
  journal={Planning Perspectives},
  pages={103 - 120}
  • Jeremy Kargon
  • Published 2 January 2014
  • History
  • Planning Perspectives
Illustrations of urban scenes naturally describe the physical characteristics of the places depicted. These representations also express implicitly broader beliefs which tie the spatial order of the surrounding world to local systems, institutions, and human actions. Images of a city embody, therefore, an ‘urban cosmography’, a concept inspired by early modern artisans' attempts to chart the contours of the world, both known and unknown. Seen from this perspective, historical graphics such as… 
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