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Frederick Law Olmstead Book

Frederick Law Olmsted: Plans and Views of Communities and Private Estates

edited by Charles E. Beveridge, Lauren Meier, and Irene Mills

2020 | Johns Hopkins University Press

Full of original plans and historic photographs, this beautifully illustrated collection is the first comprehensive presentation of Olmsted's design concepts for communities and private estates. Illuminating Olmsted's design theory, this volume displays the beautiful plans and reveals the significance of each commission within his entire body of work. Readers concerned with the quality of the environment in which we live and work, as well as architects, landscape architects, urban planners, historians, and preservationists, will find stimulating insights in Plans and Views of Communities and Private Estates.

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Women and GIS: Mapping Their Stories

Written by the women of Esri Press

2019 | Esri Press

Twenty-three stories about how ordinary girls with very different passions have become extraordinary women and made significant contributions to our world. From oceanographers to activists, archaeologists to entrepreneurs, the women in Women and GIS: Mapping Their Stories can serve as mentors to motivate readers who are developing their own life stories and inspire their potential in a new way.

Mapping an Atlantic World, circa 1500

By Alida C. Metcalf

2020 | Johns Hopkins University Press

Describing the negotiation that took place between a small cadre of explorers and a wider class of cartographers, chartmakers, cosmographers, and artists, Metcalf shows how exploration informed mapmaking and vice versa. Recognizing early modern cartographers as significant agents in the intellectual history of the Atlantic, Mapping an Atlantic World, circa 1500 includes around 50 beautiful and illuminating historical maps.

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When Maps Become the World

By Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther

2020 | University of Chicago Press

When Maps Become the World shows us how the scientific theories, models, and concepts we use to intervene in the world function as maps, and explores the consequences of this, both good and bad. We increasingly understand the world around us in terms of models, to the extent that we often take the models for reality. Winther explains how in time, our historical representations in science, in cartography, and in our stories about ourselves replace individual memories and become dominant social narratives—they become reality, and they can remake the world.

Airline Maps: A Century of Art and Design

By Mark Ovenden and Maxwell Roberts

2019 | Penguin Books

A nostalgic and celebratory look back at one hundred years of passenger flight, featuring full-color reproductions of route maps and posters from the world’s most iconic airlines, from the author of bestselling cult classic Transit Maps of the World.  

NOTE: The review copy for this book will be in PDF format, due to... current events.

Smarter Government: How to Govern for Results in the Information Age

By Martin O'Malley

2019 | Esri Press

Smarter Government: How to Govern for Results in the Information Age is about a more effective way to lead that is emerging, enabled by the Information Age. It provides real solutions to real problems using GIS technology and helps develop a management strategy using data that will profoundly change an organization.