Sam Grinsell
Urban Historian, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Sam Grinsell is a historian of the built environment. He has just completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh and taken up a postdoctoral position at the Centre for Urban History at the University of Antwerp.

Written by Sam Grinsell

Map of the Port of Alexandria, Egypt, from Kitab-ı Bahriye (Book of Navigation) by Piri Reis, first published 1521, map taken from the revised 17th-century edition. Courtesy The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

Essay/
Cities
The city is a lie

From Ancient Egypt’s deltas to Edinburgh’s crags and peaks, the city pushes back against the dream of human separateness

Sam Grinsell

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