Integration: The buildings were designed to be intermediate in complexity, detail, and size between the modular buildings series and City sets. In this way they can be the ‘missing link’ to integrate both types of buildings into one city. An example is shown above (more here
), using files made available by multiple users in the Official LEGO Sets Eurobricks forum
Piece count: The entire set as shown has about 2800 pieces, including 300 dark red and 420 dark blue. There may be some new colors of existing elements included, but they are certainly not integral to the concept and can be discarded. My first round of optimization reduced the piece count by about 800 pieces; additional redesign and optimization could very likely reduce the piece count further. A smaller set design that does not include the Performing Arts Center, or the upstairs reading room in the Library, or the laboratory in the Science Museum, has about 1900 pieces.
Minifigures: Because so many of the Collectible Minifigures would fit in perfectly with this set, I didn’t include any original creations. Among the many Collectible Minifigures who could find good homes in this set: Librarian, Scientist, Crazy Scientist, Judge, Hollywood Starlet, Saxophone Player, Flamenco Dancer, Rocker Girl, Punk Rocker, Mime, and Actor.
Final note: Exhibits in the Life Sciences hall are similar to those in The Cuusoo Zoo
by jimmygiggle, although independently created; however, the ones in the Zoo are better and predate my design. Please go have a look!
Thank you for looking! Let me know if you would like more pictures.