22 May

SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Map Plates

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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Jessica in St. Paul SAYS:

Tokyo, Dubai, NYC and Paris!

May 23, 2007 at 11:19 am

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studio wellspring SAYS:

San Francisco, Milan, and Vancouver BC ~ for sure!

May 23, 2007 at 12:02 pm

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Erica M. SAYS:

Dallas for sure!
It is a city that is home to more corporate headquarters than anywhere else in the country.
It is stylish, has great weather and great cost of living!

~Erica M.

May 23, 2007 at 12:15 pm

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Noelí SAYS:

Buenos Aires…because I live there….or Madrid.

May 23, 2007 at 12:32 pm

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sarah SAYS:

Athens Greece…. At one time that city was just a small town, and now it is home to most of the people who live in the country. It is a thriving urban center full of every type of person rich and poor.

May 23, 2007 at 12:44 pm

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Janice SAYS:

I vote for Manila, or Tokyo! :-) Love these plates!!!

May 23, 2007 at 1:11 pm

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kaskade SAYS:

What city has been more greatly impacted by man than Seattle? Our founding fathers took out entire hills and built new ones – many new Seattle residents don’t know that the Denny Regrade was a massive dirt moving project that helped the timber industry move logs! I love Seattle, even if it’s gorgeous landscape is man-made!

May 23, 2007 at 1:34 pm

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downstairs Designs SAYS:

1. Chicago
2. NYC
3. Paris

Although all really are equally great cities, but being from the midwest had to go with Chicago, in addition to the notes above about the fire and the rebuilding of the city fitting the theme.

May 23, 2007 at 1:57 pm

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Cecilia SAYS:

The city of Pittsburgh has been compared to the top cities of the world. You gotta see it to believe it!

May 23, 2007 at 2:04 pm

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Sarah SAYS:

Tokyo or Montreal. Both fantastic cities!

May 23, 2007 at 3:03 pm

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OpaqueSkies SAYS:

Hong Kong. Population in the millions, and they are pushing a New Town Initiative, and working on restructuring. It is like China but not, so it’s a great mix of Asian cultures.

May 23, 2007 at 3:44 pm

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jtroupe SAYS:

Being an architect and having studied the development of metropolitan areas, I would offer New York and Boston as my suggestions. New York started growing in an organic process towards the financial district in lower Manhattan but soon was transformed into the gridded streets that make up most of the island. I suggest Boston because of the many chnages taking place currently with the “Big Dig” project going on through the middle creating a lot of new areas for development.

May 23, 2007 at 3:55 pm

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TinkerBlue SAYS:

4 cities I have lived in and loved, and deserve a plate of their own:
Sydney
Tokyo
Mexico City
London

All definately greatly impacted by man. The design of the Sydney Opera House was the winner of a competition!

May 23, 2007 at 4:43 pm

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Brooke SAYS:

Brooklyn (though not a city proper) and Venice

May 23, 2007 at 4:59 pm

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Kristen SAYS:

For sure New York, I mean without a doubt. London is OK, Tokyo…well, maybe. But I like the idea of New York the best!

May 23, 2007 at 5:50 pm

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Gatherings SAYS:

Vancouver, BC – some great geography along with the cityscape!

May 23, 2007 at 7:01 pm

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Melanie SAYS:

First off, hats off to the showcasing of Berlin. A perfect example of a city rich in interesting history and a leader in modernization. Love it.

My two city choices are:
1. Chicago: The city in the heartland of America that has made tremendous economic leaps, and has recently made strides to become a leader amongst US cities in the green movement. The birthplace of jazz, improv comedy, gospel, and home to a diverse populous–it is recognized as a center of culture. Most recently, it has gained the US 2016 olympic bid! Not to mention, it has always been an iconic city with its memorable lakefront skyline.

2. NYC: Obviously…the city that never sleeps deserves a plate for eating on at every hour of the night. Though I am a Chicago girl, NYC is its bigger and badder big sister. Chock full of innovation in design, performing arts, architecture, and business. NY bleeds colors with its diverse populous. Not to mention…wouldn’t the big green Central Park look cool on the plate?

Honorable Mentions: London, Rome, Tokyo…but I had to go for the hometown cities. Next in my heart was Prague…but I am not sure that is what you are looking for- though it is terribly romantic.

May 23, 2007 at 7:49 pm

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Christen SAYS:

Makes me miss LA…Adorable!

May 23, 2007 at 8:08 pm

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Terina SAYS:

being from so cal, i would want the LA plates. i don’t know a whole lot about other cities. paris, frankfurt, perhaps strasbourg france because it is the home of the new European Union. reading about all these places just makes me want to visit them!

May 23, 2007 at 8:09 pm

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Kristen SAYS:

I think Chicago, NYC, London and Tokyo definitely should be considered

May 23, 2007 at 8:26 pm
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