What is Narrative View?
You are visiting a HyperCities collection in narrative mode. The right-hand column tells the story of the markers on the map. If you are not here yet, just click on the open book icon to the right of a collection you would like to view as a narrative. As you scroll down the narrative column, each box chronicles the next object in the collection. A collection is a group of map points embedded with interrelated objects like images and text.
Clicking "Next" in either the middle of the narrative column advances to the next step in the narrative. Clicking "Prev" returns to the previous one. Clicking on "Next" or "Previous" at the end of an object advances to the immediately following object or returns to the previous object.
The next and previous arrows allow you to delve deeper into each part of the collection. The arrows take you to the next collection level. To go back to a previous level, just click the back arrow at the top of the collection.
Clicking on the center button will pan the map to the correct region and locate the object on the map with a yellow circle, if it is not already encircled. It will not bring you to a new text box. You can always zoom in to the map for a closer view.
"X" Box = Close Collection
Clicking the "X" in the top right-hand corner of the current narrative column will close the entire collection.
Your time bar across the top of the map shows the time range for objects currently displayed. Drag the yellow markers to adjust the time span to exclude or include narrative content.
Your pointer should appear as a white glove anytime it is hovering above the Hypercities map area. Pull the screen in any direction to pan around the area.
Adjust your zoom level with the zoom bar in the top left-hand corner of the map screen. However, the extent will auto-adjust as you continue to click through the narrative.
As you progress through the collection's narrative, the yellow circle traces its current geographical position. The text in narrative view is always keyed to particular places highlighted by the yellow circle.
Previous Map Extent
Clicking this button will zoom the screen out to world view without erasing your narrative's object points.
The Online Multimedia Companion
to “Transnational Urbanism in the Americas”-a Special Issue of
KML Authoring and Online Essays: David P. Levitus
Conceptual Design: David P.
Levitus, Janice Reiff, Philip J. Ethington
HyperCities Platform Development
and Design: Yoh Kawano, James Lee, David Shepard, Jay Tung
Welcome to the online, HyperCities-based,
Multimedia Companion for the special issue of Urban History: “Transnational
Urbanism in the Americas,” an editorial project of Urban History’s
North American Editorial Board. The emerging transnational paradigm
raises many challenging questions for the historical study of cities.
Although it deprive us of national master narratives and the teleology
of a unidirectional urbanization process, it also offers the possibility
of mapping out the patterns of human life, as they cross and construct
cities, nations, and other crucial formations. This possibility
challenges our current modes of scholarly communication. This Multimedia
Companion is an initial attempt to represent scholarship on transnational
urbanism through a hybrid of cartographic, narrative, and photographic
To explore this Companion,
click on a right-arrow to the right of each section title, or “header.”
To move back up one level, click on the left-arrow to the left of each
section title headers. Click on images to enlarge them in the HyperCities’
built-in viewer. First time users of HyperCities are advised to
begin by taking a few moments to review the tab above, “Getting Started
This Companion is structured
by three principal sections.
The first is a set of
two essays: “The ‘Splotchiness’ of Knowledge” discusses
how the process of mapping in hyperspace re-casts the problem of historical
knowledge. “Transnational Urbanism as part of Global History”
speculates about how to understand the interaction between self-conscious
transational urbanism and the evolution of the international political-economy.
The second section offer
online-only experiments in “multi-dimensional mapping” as a way
to represent transnational urban history: “Mapping Transnational
People and Institutions” and “Cities as Centers of Transnational
Exchange.” This part of the Companion offers three principal ways
of charting transnational urbanism: 1) people 2) institutions and 3)
The third section continues
the experiments in “multi-dimensional mapping” by displaying the
articles from the print edition and a set of additional images which
complement the articles in the print edition.
We hope that readers will gain
an appreciation of new possibilities and new questions raised by this
experiment in representing transnational urbanism through HyperCities,
and welcome any comments. We can be reached at:
David Levitus - firstname.lastname@example.org
Philip Ethington - email@example.com
Janice Reiff - firstname.lastname@example.org