Do you know the shape of the city you're living in? Get a map and see! It's interesting to discover that different cities have different shapes.
A city's development largely depends on the population living in it. Ever notice how ancient civilizations developed near bodies of water? The Nile River, for example, became a literal and figurative lifeline for ancient Egyptian culture. It was a source of food and a gateway for commerce. No wonder communities grew near it. Eventually, cities formally emerged from such communities. That's how it starts.
Those that didn't rely on water focused on something else. Any holy city in the world, for example, built their community around the existence of a worship place. These cities are square in basic shape so it's easier to find the central area where a church, mosque or temple stands.
Meanwhile, two types of cities developed their areas according to the predominant mode of transport they have. Thus, we have transit cities where trains and subways dominate the place. The so-called automobile city depended on car-owning citizens so they developed suburbs located farther from the city centers.
Formerly colonized countries contain many practically built cities that prioritized function over form. This is the city with the "everything's within reach" kind of mentality in planning. The opposite is the organic city or the walkable city wherein designers adapted their structures in consideration of the natural terrain.
From these city structure samples, you can now guess these cities by their shape. Let's try it!