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Future plans for my city and preview of two buildings.
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Thought I'd share my current plans for my city... plans for the next several years, actually, since I won't be able to build everything in my current apartment, and the new one is currently being built and won't be completed before 2012. Also I don't want to face the question "what to do now?" too soon. :)

Update June 2011:

For reference, this was the plan I posted in January:

In the mean time, I decided to set apart an entire room (in my future apartment) for Lego, so I can make it bigger. So here's the new plan, drawn with BlueBrick – it uses three levels (which will be done with wooden table-like constructions); the new main picture at the top of this page shows everything, this one is without the top level:

The train loop in the middle allows to turn trains around and re-appear on the other track. I just got to use some way to remote-control the switching points – motors, threads, whatever; I'm already looking into some viable options. We'll see.

Here's a schematic picture showing the three levels, blue=bottom, yellow=middle, red=top:

Following is a glimpse (from Jan 2011) at the restaurant at the top left – Italian, obviously. Dunno if I'll keep the flags and the window frames underneath this way.

Update: It's finished.

And this facade is a test for several variations for a bank, using the new round bricks from that Atlantis temple set for the columns and some elements from Bank & Money Transfer or whatever it's called:

I'm rather tending towards the color scheme on the right: yellow instead of tan, gray top...

Update: Here's the finished building.


 I made it 
  March 13, 2011
Quoting ryan andrews what did you use to plan it
Like I said somewhere below, I just put together some lines and rectangles in CorelDraw, a general-purpose vector drawing program without special Lego-related capabilities.
  March 12, 2011
what did you use to plan it
 I made it 
  January 27, 2011
Thanks to both. Nick, of course there will be "things" on the sidewalk, but not too many; there's a mailbox already two houses down the road on the Grand Emporium (though I may move it elsewhere), and that's also where I already planned a bus stop anyway. :)
 I like it 
  January 26, 2011
I agree with Jonas on the yellow side and putting some white to mirror image the frieze. Being Italian, I cannot wait to see the rest of the Italian Restaurant, the tease was great! It was great to see how you use the facades the same way an artist uses his pencil sketches. And the way you live with your design before executing it! It's nice to see how we all have our own style in design! A couple of ideas for the sidewalk infront of the bank: a corner mailbox, a lamp pole with a bus stop sign and a trash barrel, the bling that makes things real.
 I like it 
  January 14, 2011
Hi. I really like your work on the Bank so far. I agree, retain the yellow walls and light grey dressings. I'm not sure what your view is, but are you keeping the white Greeco-Roman entrance? I'm thinking the white entrance with yellow walls and light grey dressings will look very pleasing. If you did eventually go that way, I would also consider encorporating white into the cornice/parapet at the top of the building and creating a little more space between the cornice and the first floor windows. Very nice work!
 I made it 
  January 12, 2011
Quoting James Kontoules what program did you use for the design? It would come in handy for me, as my current plans are drawn across three whiteboards :D
I just drew and duplicated and moved around some rectangles and a few curves in CorelDraw, i.e. a general-purpose vector drawing program without special Lego-related capabilities.
 I like it 
  January 12, 2011
Excellent job! I can't wait to see the completed version, it has me very excited! Although I'm wondering: what program did you use for the design? It would come in handy for me, as my current plans are drawn across three whiteboards :D
  January 12, 2011
you did doors? mmm, i m pretty interested in your desing and concept, it seems to be right up your alley! i m sure you found something ingeniusly practical and intricately looking! i can t wait! your city is becoming quite a charm!
 I made it 
  January 12, 2011
Thanks! Well, the plan for a train station basically came when I got the red passenger train at a 20% discount in December. :) Almost done modding it (adding doors, for instance), so I'll show photos of it soon. Though I can't really integrate it into the city yet...
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  January 10, 2011
ah! i appreciate your professionalism, this is great, to finaly see your vision of your project, find it ambitious and intricate, very promising indeed! i did nt know you wanted to do a train station, that s nice, i can t wait to see your vision of it! your italian restaurant is looking great on the water, it looks venitian inspired, i love how you play with the level of terrain, i love the flags, they bring in nice colors, a festive atmosphere, the windows are nt very hot though, and you had the new bank! i want it too [2x] yours will look very nice, i agree with your color scheme choice, i can t wait to see it complete! an overview of the whole set up should be very impressive next time you do! good luck in your project andreas!
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