A New Atlantis. The Geometric Ideal and Amsterdam's Ring of Canals
(Boudewijn Bakker) The Low Countries - 2003, № 11, pp. 54-64
The Amsterdam canals are so engrained in our consciousness and so obviously ‘beautiful', that hardly anybody stops to wonder about the thinking behind their powerful visual impact. There is nothing to suggest that they form part of an original broadly-conceived city plan. And yet… Could something of Plato's description of the ideal city have filtered through, directly or indirectly, to the ambitious governors and craftsmen of Amsterdam?
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