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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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110 responses to “SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Map Plates”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. Suzen j. says:

    my vote is for Tokyo, NYC, and Dehli.

  5. hedgie3767 says:

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

  6. Biddy says:

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

  7. Julieta says:

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

  8. Houses, Couches and Babies says:

    I think Rome or Paris would be amazing plates.

  9. Blue Orchid Designs says:

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

  10. mj says:

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

  11. 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! :)

  12. 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.

  13. Elizabeth E says:

    Paris or NYC!

  14. SteamyKitchen says:

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

  15. 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.

  16. homemom3 says:

    I’d love the black Los Angeles plate, I grew up in southern California. Course it would be really neat to see California City, CA as a plate too since no one has EVER heard of this place. (actually where I lived)

  17. katherine says:

    Seattle. It’s such a naturally beautiful place. Situated between mountains and water. Though the first time I saw the port I wasn’t thinking of it as beautiful, it was kindly pointed out to me that the port brings in boat loads of money (not literally, but still) to the area. The city and roadways are built (and squeezed) between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington. You can see The Olympic mountains to the West, the Cascades to the East and Mt. Rainier to the South.

    From my p.o.v., it’s certainly seems like a city that has been “greatly impacted by man through the process of urban design/development and capital investment”.

    Sometimes I try to imagine how this place was before the masses arrived. Must have been heavenly before power lines became part of the view. Of course, yes – I do love electricity (still I wish the lines were buried underground).

  18. sarah cool says:

    ROMA, ITALIA!!!!!!

  19. Stephenson Family says:

    Being in NYC, I’d go with that as well as Hong Kong and Dubai.

  20. Liz says:

    These are so funky and very cool! Since I live just 1 hour north of NYC, I would love to see a plate with NYC on it. I’d also love to see Paris, Frankfurt, and London!

  21. kelli says:

    Cairo: fun memories of their high school boy’s soccer team. (12 years ago)

  22. Mr. Wrong says:

    I would have to say either Dubai or NYC

  23. Anonymous says:

    London! London! London! When you are tired of London, you are tired of life (Samuel Johnson)!

  24. buericana says:

    They have to do NYC. How can they not!?

    I’m living in Atlanta so throw a peach on there and we’re good to go too.

  25. Dawn says:

    I say GENEVE, Switzerland. Not Geneva but the french spelling. It’s a fabulous city that has been greatly impacted by man through the process of urban design/development and capital investment.

  26. tyffaknee says:

    I’m partial to Boston, but that’s because I’m from there :) But, I think that Tokyo, London and NYC are good choices. How about doing something a little different with the map though – like mapping the NYC subway system or other transportation routes.

  27. Rosie & Andy says:

    I’d have to say NYC as well.

  28. Laura says:

    Dubai and Sydney are the first two that come to mind…I also have to throw in my hometown of Nashville!

  29. Melis says:

    I would have to say…
    1. Tokyo
    2. Sydney
    3. Las Vegas
    4. The re-emerging New Orleans

  30. Janna says:

    Istanbul—it’s the coolest things.

  31. Almamater says:

    the up and coming, always hip, Austin, Texas would make a very cool choice…

  32. laurenie says:

    New York is a shoe in. I’d also go with London and Barcelona–both awesome European cities.

  33. patty opitz says:

    definitly dubai. dubai is a city that within the past few years, screams the definition of being “greatly impacted by man through the process of urban design/development and capital investment.” the whole reasoning behind its massive growth is for capital gain. their oil will eventually run out within the years, and so they are relying on a new industry for a new capital, which seems to be working– the population increase speaks for itself. this city and its growth is hardly organic. the city literally has mans impact on it day and night with construction going around the clock.

  34. angbrimwil says:

    based on the theme you have to do Istanbul, Turkey. also, Hong Kong. Dubai is a good one too.

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  36. Sheena Larkin says:

    NYC of course!!

  37. Maria Luisa says:

    My vote is for Dubai.

  38. Kristen says:

    mexico city!

  39. Anonymous says:

    One of the new plates NEEDS to be Chicago. The city was burned down in the Great Chicago Fire and had to be started practically from scratch again and it was also given a man-made quick jot from the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 which still effects the lay-out and look of the city more than 100 years later. Plus, I bet it would sell really well – Chicagoans love to display and honor their city! For now I’d want to have the black Los Angeles plate if I win one! – Diana H.

  40. Sequana says:

    I second the motion for CHICAGO. The previous poster said it better than I.