Maps and Meanings: Urban Cartography and Urban Design

PhD project by Julie Nichols

Julie currently researches in the fields of urban history, urban cartography and contemporary urbanism. Her doctoral study, Maps and Meanings: Urban Cartography and Urban Design, is a comparative study of an historical trajectory of the changing role of the map from pre-modern to modern times. The emergence of the concept of the modern city hinging on Enlightenment ideas, revealed a shift in geographical discourse whereby modern conceptions of space displaced indigenous views. The intent is a comprehensive understanding of the modern map, from its historical evolution in contexts —17th and 18th century Europe and South-East Asia—at the same time to further understand the production of human settlement.

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