I am planning on building a city, and I was looking for something like this, I often get "BUILDERS-BLOCK", and end up never finishing my builds, this is a good help, but i have found it is lacking in alot of its pictures, unless that is just my internet playing up.
This is a really good thread. It's a bit outdated now, but it still works in it's majority. Cheers!
Yes, Minecraft has changed quite a lot since I created this some 2 years ago and a lot of this information has not kept up (hello broken image links); luckily I'm working on a complete overhaul that will update the entire guide plus some extras. Unfortunately, the update will still take quite time to complete, but it is coming.
I think it would also be great to include a list of "types" of buildings. I've just cleared ground and made a space for a new city. I've started compiling a list for 1.8.
Dyed Clothing shop (use armor stands to display dyed leather armor)
Wool shop/carpet shop
glass shop (stained glass)
Knight training yard
vehicle dealership (could be RV sales)
Assay Office (certifies and buys/sells ores)
Bank with vault (nice obsidian bank vault with chests to store valuables, access to safety deposit box (enderchest)
Horse training area with jumps
park with obstacle course
park with horse trail
Playground with playscape to climb on (this is how I found out the new villagers can climb vines
Row Houses (connected at their sides, like "Brownstones" or townhousesApartment Building
Duplex (connected double house)
Fourplex (usually 2 dwellings wide x 2 tall)
Apartment complex with courtyard/pool/etc