This module treats the Nolli map as a work
of art with profound historical impact and as a document of
extraordinary scientific and technical significance. The map’s
history, preparation, scientific and technical innovations
as well as its sophisticated means of graphic representation
constitute the core of this thematic module. The significance
of the map to contemporary urban design theories serves to
underscore its continuing legacy for creative endeavors.
This article investigates the history of the map and how it was made, including the events leading up to the publication of the map in 1748
The Nolli map is composed of 12 nearly equal sized plates, each measuring approximately 80 cm by 54 cm with the assembled map at 176 cm by 208 cm. This article describes in detail these such components of the map, treated as a historical artifact.
This article explores how Nolli's plan reveals the topographic and spatial structure of the city, which counters a tendency in contemporary architectural criticism to examine objects outside the very context which give them life and meaning.