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A Study of Microcities
With all due respect to the great Shannon Young...
About this creation
There are many kinds of Microcities; I am going to bring you through three of them by telling you my opinions on them while showing you some I've made...I hope I'm not stepping over my bounds. What am I but a fan?









Bley. You know what I'm talkin' about: grey, lifeless, awesome, ect. Most of the time you will find them to be total SNOT as that is quite easy to do with just bley.






You can find some excellent Bley Microcities from the minds of Nannan Z, (here) and Mike Bernd. (here)










The Generic Microcity. By far the most well known, the whole thing started with Shannonia, which was one of these. (Obviously, as it was the first one) Generic Microcities are a lot more colorful than the Bley ones, and have plenty of grills for parking lots. (Which Bley Microcities do not always have)






In these you can find plenty of unique buildings, cool color combinations, and many bodies of water. Some of the more popular Generic Microcities are, of course, Shannonia, the large Squidtropolis, and the neat Gongfujian. I have also made one of my own called Luseville. (here)






Star Wars Microcities. I don't have much to say here other than I like the other two types a whole lot better.





Some fine examples of these you can find here and here.









And so ends my short little commentary on three types of Microcities. Feel free to leave constructive criticism on my three tiny little cities. MICROcities that is. =)




EDIT: Okay, so now that we got everything cleared up, Shannon Young made ONE OF THE FIRST colorful microcities of the exact scale as you see in this MOC, and then made it popular. That sound good? =)



Comments

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  January 25, 2011
That is truely amazing!
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  December 2, 2009
Thanks. This was an excellent reminder for me that what my 5 foot tall skyscrapers need is some low-lying micro-city to give them a true sense of scale. Off to the brick bins I go!
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  April 8, 2009
The three are awesome !!! Even if it's not your favorite, I think the SW one looks great too :-)
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  February 21, 2009
I made a generic microcity called "Oysteria". I hope to eventually build a Star Wars one.
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  February 21, 2009
I made a generic microcity called "Oysteria". I hope to eventually build a Star Wars one.
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  February 21, 2009
I made a generic microcity called "Oysteria". I hope to eventually build a Star Wars one.
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  February 21, 2009
I made a generic microcity called "Oysteria". I hope to eventually build a Star Wars one.
JD Luse
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masterchief 1
  February 10, 2009
Very nice city! Thanks for the comment. I know myself that writing storys are hard work , but they are worth it in my opinion! I hope your book comes out well!
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  January 25, 2009
Wow, this is a great example of micro-city design. i perfer the bley and it is i feel the coolest of micro design, however i use a little of the the generic and a slight mixe of starwars architecture on my MOCs, to create a Stargate Atlantis architecture kind of thing check it out if you get the time.
  January 17, 2009
What about Blocktropolis, its not up there, and a lot of people seem to like it. Very good idea and cities too.
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  January 17, 2009
Quoting Thomas N What about Blocktropolis, its not up there, and a lot of people seem it.
There's so many microcities out there, I can't name them all, but Blocktropolis IS a good one. Thanks for the heads up, Thomas. So...everybody go take a look-see at the slick Blocktropolis!
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  January 17, 2009
Quoting Callum Wood Woodsville is not up there why? Our Monorail system is superior to your puny 'grill roads'. Hmph!
Oh man, I completely forgot about Woodsville!! Sorry 'bout that, it is actually one of the better microcities on the pages. Go check it out everybody! (By the way, those grills are parking lots) =)
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  January 17, 2009
And Woodville is not up there why? Our Monorail system is superior to your puny 'grill roads'. Hmph! Anyways, great job here. Some Star Wars type Mirco cities actually turn out OK, although the majority are pretty bad. I'm trying my hand at both Star Wars and Bley cities, after Woodville was demolished - Callum
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  January 10, 2009
Great report, very interesting to run through and get a quick little overview of some great microscale city stuff!
JD Luse
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Elite Commando: George Kemper
  January 3, 2009
They all look good but my favorite is the middle one. Thanks for the comment.
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  January 2, 2009
nice moc... i got new mocs... check em out!
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  January 2, 2009
I'm adoring the first micro city the most :)
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  January 2, 2009
Very generic representations of each category -and each are very good.
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  January 2, 2009
Excellent! I've got the same plate, and you're giving me some ideas with your microcities :)
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  January 2, 2009
Very cool! I wish we had a life-sized LEGO city!
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  January 2, 2009
Very cool, now I may have to make one of my own. Thanks for this to teach us!!!
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  January 2, 2009
Thank you for the lesson ;p I'm in love with anything named BLEY!! man I love this color! I wish I have ton of bley pieces... nevermind... good work on your project my friend, keep it up >>> peace.. Fofo :)
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  January 2, 2009
You should do a study on the mind of a micro-city builder as a follow up. I'm sure you'd get some weird stuff, especially from that Young fella.
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  January 2, 2009
Cool JD, I like that red tower alot. ~LL
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  January 2, 2009
It's hard to go cold turkey, isn't it? No, I didn't invent the microcity genre. Sean Kenney already had some posted here before I even knew MOCpages existed. Nannan's "UFO Abduction in Bley City" also predates my time here. I'm sure plenty of others have built microscale cities in years past. My only innovation was to write amusing captions to go with my pictures. Shannonia has always been 90% talk, 10% MOC.
  January 2, 2009
I'm flattered that you linked to my micro coruscant. Not sure I'd rank it as a "fine example" but thank you none the less. Seeing this just rekindled my fire for "Phipston Falls". Time to pull the trigger on that one I think. Thanks for the tour. ~ Chris.
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  January 1, 2009
I like these little micro cities. What would you call Micropolis. It's certainly small. Micro plus? I like the Micropolis scale for the great opportunity to add more detail to the buildings etc. We even have 1 wide cars and trucks. I'm working on a monorail. see ya. garth
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  January 1, 2009
Yeah...I'm not sure, Eggplant! Good question.
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  January 1, 2009
Did Shannon really make the first lego micro city? While I'd give him credit for its current popularity, I find it hard to believe that he invented it. Anyways, nice report. You get an A.
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  January 1, 2009
wanna try this
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  January 1, 2009
Very neat, I like the middle one...I see you aren't ready to release your lust for microcity...
 
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