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A couple of New York-based architectural and design firms are Kickstarting what could be the ultimate souvenir of the city—next to those tiny Statue of Libertys you can find everywhere. Imagine hanging an incredibly detailed 12-foot long model of the entire island of Manhattan on your wall.
Using detailed aerial scans of the city, AJSNY and TO+WN design have created a series of 3D-printed six-inch square tiles that each represent a section of Manhattan at 1:5000-scale. And nearly every last skyscraper, building, and event space in the city appears on one of the 200 different tiles that eventually assemble to recreate the entire island of Manhattan.
Most collectors will probably stick with buying just the tiles that represent the areas of Manhattan where they live, or where they’ve visited, because even with early bird pricing the tiles currently run $75 each from the microscape Kickstarter campaign. […]