Read Full Article The City Plates, released in sets of four, look at cities as a graphic language of line, color, and pattern as a means to investigate the impact of cultural, economic, historical, and political forces on city form. Each set has a particular conceptual framework that relates the four cities within the set to each other, and the series of plates as a whole operates within an ecological matrix organized by patterns of urban development: organic, baroque, gridded, and eclectic. The idea was that as the series evolved, the City Plates would form a network of relationships to each other that would allow people to design their own combination of plates (American cities, Coastal cities, Colonial cities, for example) that would allow interesting comparisons. This methodology led us to choose some of the great cities of the world, and to discover some less well-known cities that warrant attention. Each plate celebrates the beauty implicit in a city’s unique form, the distinct pattern that has evolved over time as layers of history are inscribed into the urban landscape.