Building in microscale can result in amazing visual displays of LEGO®. Something with No Starch Press have showcased in their latest LEGO title. LEGO Micro Cities: Build Your Own Mini Metropolis! takes you through various techniques to create your own mini worlds, thanks to the expert guidance of Jeff Friesen. His unique builds and expert photography offers up a book which focuses on an interesting way to showcase LEGO. We took a closer look at the book in our review a few days ago, which you can check out here. LEGO Micro Cities is available now in both book form and has a e-book.
LEGO® Micro Cities
New book shows LEGO fans how to build tiny cities in microscale
San Francisco, CA (December 20, 2018)—In LEGO® Micro Cities ($24.95, 200 pp.), photographer and LEGO model-building expert Jeff Friesen shows readers how to build small, realistic cities in microscale, a technique that allows LEGO builders to use only a very small number of bricks to create detailed designs on a board the size of a sandwich.
Friesen’s book combines striking photography, architectural context, and illustrated instructions for each of the book’s eight micro city projects. The book begins with microscale basics and helpful tips for adding realism to rivers, subway stations, and the natural ground beneath a city. The surreal beauty and sophisticated simplicity of Friesen’s photographs demonstrate how readers can resourcefully match a limited color palette and number of bricks to construct imaginative skyscrapers, bridges, and roads. The Finishing Touch section at the end of the book takes readers into ways to transform each city into streamlined elegance.
Friesen’s models display both futuristic fantasy and the influence of architectural movements and iconic buildings found in real cities. Some of the city models include:
- Utopia, a city inspired by architect Zaha Hadid’s style of natural curves
- Tomorrowland’s retrofuturist style and geometric shapes that give the illusion of motion
- Upper Brick Side, which parallels the urban scene around New York’s Central Park
- Strange New Worlds and its towering spires influenced by science fiction
- Gilded City with an opulent style matching powerful river capitals across the world
- Steamworks, an Industrial Age city of chimneys, windmills, and gears
- LEGO Micro Cities’ stunning graphics and simple instructions take readers on a tour through their imaginations, leaving them ready to create cities all their own.