The Soft Atlas of Amsterdam

Hand Drawn Perspectives from Daily Life

Jan Rothuizen

The Soft Atlas of Amsterdam
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Jan Rothuizen

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

96 pages | illustrated in halftones throughout | 9 x 11 3/4 | © 2014
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9789046816394 Published February 2015 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Graphic designer Jan Rothuizen's best artwork results from simply walking along and encountering new people. For his art, he has wandered around global cities like Cairo, New York, Guangzhou, and Beirut, but his work had yet to treat the city in which he was born and raised—until now.

The Soft Atlas of Amsterdam introduces the idea behind Rothuizen’s wildly popular maps of cities. Including many never-before-seen drawings unique to this English-language edition, the atlas presents a fresh interpretation of Amsterdam’s places and culture. The drawings, which are best described as written maps or graphic reportage, portray recognizable elements of each location, yet are stylized in a highly original manner that reflects Rothuizen’s excellent eye for detail. From the Rijksmuseum to a robbed jewelry store, a heroin clinic to a student apartment, The Soft Atlas of Amsterdam is a delightful tour through a vibrant European city. Full of fun surprises for both the armchair traveler and those who have lived in Amsterdam or visited, this is one collection of maps guaranteed to give readers a view of the city they’ve never seen before.


Central Station

Student Flat


Delivery Room

Zaanse Schans

Air Traffic Control

Schiphol Detention Center


Heroin Clinic






Pyjama Days

Massage Li

Anne Frank House


Big Day, Little Chores


Red Light district

Coffee Shop


Circumcision Center



Shopping Streets

Jewelry Robbery

Bicycle Accident

Oude Kerk


End of the Line

Birds of a Feather

Peace Mission


Budget Hotel

Recycled Energy


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