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Metropolitan World Atlas [Paperback]

Arjen Van Susteren
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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: 010 Uitgeverij; 1 edition (20 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9064505489
  • ISBN-13: 978-9064505485
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 17.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,342,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deze atlas brengt wereldsteden als Beijing, Lagos, Londen, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro en Tokio in kaart. Gegevens als bevolkingsdichtheid, metrogebruik, dataverkeer, de snelheid op autowegen en de gemiddelde temperatuur in juli zijn voortaan in een oogopslag te vergelijken.

Ondanks de groeiende belangstelling voor wereldsteden en mondiale netwerken, werden deze niet eerder op een dergelijke manier in kaart gebracht. 101 wereldsteden zijn op gelijksoortige wijze ge llustreerd: de grootste steden qua bevolkingsomvang en in het luchtvaart-, zeevaart- en telecommunicatienetwerk plus een aantal steden dat eenvoudigweg niet kan ontbreken. De verrassende combinatie van plattegronden en statistieken, het handzame formaat en de bijzondere vormgeving maken de atlas onmisbaar als inspiratiebron voor een breed publiek naast stedenbouwkundigen, architecten en grafisch vormgevers.

Net als De grote KAN atlas en de Limes Atlas van Uitgeverij 010 is de Metropolitan World Atlas vormgegeven door Joost Grootens.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The atlas is likely to appeal primarily as a coffee table book - and in that sense it probably works. It looks sufficiently pretty, and from an aesthetic point of view it is certainly deserving of more than just two stars. The basic idea - a metropolitan atlas certainly appeals as well, and the basic information that the author aims at presenting covers some of the more interesting aspects.

Where the atlas fails completely, in my opinion, is in the care and attention lavished on the actual data contained, as well as in the tools used for the graphical presentation of the data.

The author admits in the short introduction that only a select few sources were consulted and that little effort has been made to ensure the data on the different metropolitan areas (partially coming from different sources) is comparable. This will result in the book claiming that the city with the highest amount of crime is Stockholm (followed by other criminal hotspots such as Frankfurt, Berlin and Copenhagen (rememeber, this is supposed to be violent crime here)). You will have cases, where even percentages are not calculated correctly (very often apparent at a glance already), where the growth rates implied are completely unrealistic (a city growing from 400k to say 3m inhabitants over 5 years), etc. To make matters worse, no attempt has been made to present the complete picture for all metropolitan areas - if the handful of basic sources did not give the info, the author certainly did not seem to bother digging further. This results in some metropolitan areas being represented with little more than population numbers (the empty page does look funny in such cases).

Adding insult to injury, most of the data is presented in the form of pie and bubble charts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but outdated 7 July 2011
By AshokLA - Published on Amazon.com
This is a beautiful book with great graphics. Unfortunately, it is outdated. The population data is from 2000! It would not be that hard for the authors to update this book, but until they do it is unfortunately not worth purchasing as a reference work. Three stars for the concept and execution.
5.0 out of 5 stars good fact book to have 15 May 2013
By Claire Mo - Published on Amazon.com
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this book is designed elegantly and with so much richly facts. a good to look across modern cities and countries
4.0 out of 5 stars Visually pleasing, but very basic. 21 Oct 2011
By CCSM - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is pretty neat. I was expecting it to have very in depth information and maps of cities. What it has, instead, is a very basic statistical outline of a slew of cities around the world. The layout for each city's page is the same, which is helpful for locating and comparing info. However, many cities have a good amount of data missing. The data seems to be pulled from a couple of sources exclusively. I was hoping for a more comprehensive guide/ref book. This isn't everything I was hoping for, but I still enjoy it a lot.
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