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Seeing from Above

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> List of Figures > Acknowledgements > List of Contributors > Introduction/Mark Dorrian and Frederic Pousin 1. Intimate Communiques: Melchior Lorck's Flying Tortoise/ Marina Warner 2. The Meaning of Roman Maps: Etienne Duperac and Antonio Tempesta/Michael Bury 3. Thomas Baldwin's Airopaidia, or the Aerial View in Colour/Marie Thebaud-Sorger 4. European Cities from a Bird's-eye View: The Case of Alfred Guesdon/Jean-Marc Besse 5. Nadar's Aerial View/Stephen Bann 6. Transfiguring Reality: Suprematism and the Aerial View/ Christina Lodder 7. Aerial Views and Cinematism, 1898-1939/Teresa Castro 8. 'The Domain of Rrose Selaby": Dust Breeding and Aerial Photography/David Hopkins 9. The Aviator and the Photographer: The Case of Walter Mittelholzer/Olivier Lugon 10. From the Sky to the Ground: The Aerial View and the Ideal of the Vive Raisonee in Geography during the 1920s/Marie-Claire Robic 11. The Figure from Above: On the Obliqueness of the Plan in Urbanism and Architecture/John Macarthur 12. The City Seen from the Aeroplane: Distorted Reflections and Urban Futures/Nathalie Roseau 13. Vectors of Looking: Reflections on the Luftwaffe's Aerial Survey of Warsaw, 1944/Ella Chmielewska 14. The Aerial View and the Grands Ensembles/Frederic Pousin 15. Robert Smithson and Aerial Art/Gilles A. Tiberghien 16. On Google Earth/Mark Dorrian > Index

About the Author

Mark Dorrian holds the Forbes Chair in Architecture at the University of Edinburgh and is Co-Director of the art, architecture and urbanism atelier Metis.


Flying became possible because it was imagined. This is what a history of seeing from above discloses: we visualised angelic mobility before we could design it. In this fascinating collection the open eye of Google Earth retains at its vanishing point a turbulent history of self-elevation... An extraordinarily timely survey of earth from the sky, full of virtuosic new insights, ethical as well as aesthetic implications, and not without its share of vertigo.' - Paul Carter, author and artist 'This book brings out aeriality's multiple dimensions with such force that by the end one feels that - despite our imprisonment to gravity - we really live not on the earth, but at the bottom-most layer of a vast exospherical mirror filled with everything that makes us human.' - Mark Jarzombek, Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning, MIT 'This remarkable collection of richly illustrated essays... will become a landmark for any scholar interested in the field of visual culture.' - Vincent Piveteau, Director, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Paysage de Versailles 'In its mapping of what has become our defining world picture, this is truly explication in excelsis.' - Steven Connor, Grace 2 Professor of English, University of Cambridge

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