22 May


notNeutral - Map Plates
Some of you might remember these fantastic city map plates from notNeutral that I posted on last month. Well, the plates got such a great response from readers that notNeutral would like to hear more from you! They’re planning to add 4 more cities to the map plate collection for fall, and are looking for suggestions as to what those cities should be….which is where you come in!

There is a theme to the collection – so that should help you narrow it down from the zillions of cities out there. The theme is “Culture and Capitalism” – and the quick summary of what they’re looking for in the chosen cities is this: (as quoted from Julie Smith-Clementi, notNeutral President) “We are looking for four cities that have been greatly impacted by man through the process of urban design/development and capital investment, rather than growth through a slower more organic model.” It might also help to read about how they decided upon the cities that are currently in their collection too. Click here to read that press release (pdf).

So – what city (or cities) do YOU think should belong in the upcoming map plate collection? Tokyo? London? NYC? Tell us what you think – and you’ll be entered for a chance to win your favorite map plate from the current collection! TWO winners will be chosen! Just post your suggestion here by Friday, May 25 at midnight PST. Good luck!

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lily SAYS:

definitely Tokyo! I love Japan so much and they are so influential in the world of design – not to mention a HUGE city!

Reply May 22, 2007 at 8:13 pm

haley jensen SAYS:

oooh – I love these plates SO much! Being from LA – I definitley know what I’d pick if I won!! But I also think that London, Tokyo, Sydney, Chicago and New York would be great choices.

Reply May 22, 2007 at 8:15 pm

katie SAYS:

would Las Vegas be an option? It definitely seem like that’s a city that was created by man out of nothing in the middle of no where!

Reply May 22, 2007 at 8:28 pm

Suzen j. SAYS:

my vote is for Tokyo, NYC, and Dehli.

Reply May 22, 2007 at 8:29 pm

hedgie3767 SAYS:

NYC and Paris have to be chosen in the next plate designs.

Reply May 22, 2007 at 8:32 pm

Biddy SAYS:

most definitely NYC! Of course, being from Texas, I’d love to see Dallas too…

Reply May 22, 2007 at 8:50 pm

Julieta SAYS:

Easy! Buenos Aires, Argentina. AKA the Paris of the South

Reply May 22, 2007 at 8:55 pm

Houses, Couches and Babies SAYS:

I think Rome or Paris would be amazing plates.

Reply May 22, 2007 at 9:13 pm

Blue Orchid Designs SAYS:

NYC and Paris, naturally. Kuala Lumpur for the an twist and one of my favorite cities.

Reply May 22, 2007 at 9:34 pm

mj SAYS:

Dubai, for sure. Astronomical growth in the last 20 or so years.

Reply May 22, 2007 at 9:38 pm

Jane Maynard SAYS:

this is fun! (even thought I just typed my whole comment and then deleted it!). interesting question…cities with fast growth impacted by urban design and development rather than traditional growth…here are my suggestions!

montreal: fast growing, multicultural, hip and cool, awesome combination of Old World and Modern, large creative workforce (so you know design plays a role in the city’s growth), four universities (young, educated city)…just a great place that I think fits the bill!

sydney: huge immigrant population – population is growing like crazy! Very culturally diverse, tons of big business, big player financially in and in other ways, definitely a COOL city with so much appeal culturally and naturally (beaches, etc).

las vegas: I think this is a great suggestion – also growing, growing, growing and I think we have to say that’s definitely growth brought on by development and design by people…not as sold on this one as montreal and sydney, but still worth a thought!

two others that I saw in a few articles I read that would be worth researching:
Toulouse, France
Ghaziabad, India

thanks for the homework – it was fun! :)

Reply May 22, 2007 at 10:03 pm

jodi b SAYS:

I would have to say New York. It is a city that has done alot with very little space…central park would look great on the plate.

Reply May 22, 2007 at 10:15 pm

Elizabeth E SAYS:

Paris or NYC!

Reply May 22, 2007 at 10:21 pm

SteamyKitchen SAYS:

Hong Kong! Such life, such excess, such movement in such a little tiny island

Reply May 22, 2007 at 10:31 pm

Kelli SAYS:

tokyo, i have a dream to go there someday. my husband lived there once and ive always wanted to experience that with him. maybe i can bring my plate.

Reply May 22, 2007 at 10:39 pm

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