The natural environment plays a majoring roll in the city’s health. Transportation and other forms services can have an affect to the natural environment and will lead to pollution. It is very important to plan, grow, and to preserve naturals spaces, such as parks and other greenery areas. Because greenery spaces are very important to a city’s wellbeing. Maintaining and adding packs with natural tress grass and can help the environment. People can contribute to this by riding public transportation or car polling, so that it can lessen the pollution in the environment. Which brings me to by next point, transportation. With transportation comes many issues. Such as the efficiency, planning of roads and street, circulation, public transportation etc. But one key role is marinating a healthy environment which can be difficult with transportation. Transportation comes with the development streets and the safety of it as well as how long it takes for traveling. There are many aspects to transportation. Traffic as well intertwine with transportation. If the streets and roads are designed sufficiently there wouldn’t be much traffic to cause a major problem. Lastly urban design, Architects. Landscape architect, and city planning all contribute to urban design. This contribution can be positive or negative for the city and the environment depending on what is begging designed and the purpose of doing so. The development of roads and buildings making sure there is a sufficient form of streets and buildings. As well as easily accessible and time sufficient. Natural environment and Transportation as well as urban design all relate to one another.

Cities: Skylines has many of these features in the game. The player has the control over the development of the city and transportation. Which then that has an effect on the Natural environment. There is capability of designing natural environment such as park and many greenery and open spaces that can help contribute to the the good ff the environment. The is the development of urban design such as roads and streets as well as sidewalk. And finally transportation designing many forms of transportation even public transportation to develop the city and making things more efficient. Transportation can start to move smoothly through the city connecting places together, even at longer distance. A persons can travel as a sufficient amount of time without needing to use their one personal cars, this is very important because it can help the environment and reduce the pollution in the air. As more people use public transportation and less of the their own personal cars.


Blog Post 3: Concept Mapping

For my concept map, I started off by making the center just my city so it’s more understandable. Then I added the three planning dimensions, Natural Environment, Urban Design and Transportation. I have them each in different colors so it is easier to distinguish between each other. These three planning dimensions are some of the most important things when it comes to a city, and while making the map you see how they all impact each other in their own ways. When making the map, I realized that many of the separate elements for each section also go along with the other dimensions. For example safety, housing, traffic, roads and many more all go within each dimension. Urban design choices impact transportation in ways such as neighborhood safety, traffic, buildings, zoning. Transportation impacts and natural environment in ways such as commuting safety, energy, emissions, energy. The list could go on but it is clear in the concept map.

While I was creating my concept map, i noticed how effectively the Cities: skyline stimulation captures these different interactions. Throughout the stimulation you see all three dimensions actively working together to create a successful running city. Do you have natural environment from trees to green spaces, water working throughout the city and transportation and also urban design all working together. It is clear that without each dimension, they each wouldn’t work as effectively and efficiently. Each dimension works with the other which results in more success for a city.

below is my concept map.

Blog 3: Concept Mapping


This concept map connects 3 core elements of city planning, including transportation, urban design, and natural environment.  All three of these elements are very important to creating a city that not only has longevity, but also creates a safe and happy society of citizens who want to benefit the world as much as the planners do.  In each of these elements, there’s a lot of substance that creates overlap and overall connection between the three.


A huge area of connection between urban design and transportation is traffic.  Depending on how the roads are set up, as well as how well the city’s connection through highway transportation and population, traffic can become a huge problem to deal with not only as a city planner, but also as the person driving vehicles.  It has a direct impact on how fast goods are imported and exported from from the city and to businesses within the city, which can directly impact the economy.  Traffic also conflicts with the time schedules of families and workers, as well as transportation systems within the cities such as buses and taxis.  Traffic and transportation also have a direct impact on the environment, as the carbon emissions from natural resources not only harm the environment of the city, but also the health of the whole world.  These issues can be hindered with green space, as the photosynthesis of the plants can reduce carbon emissions.  Green space can come as a result of parks and recreation, which is an important form of leisure for the citizens of the city that adds value to the city.  However it must be noted that a huge dictator of all of these elements and substances is the economy.  The economy is essentially the main health of a city, and the cost to maintain a good economy comes at the risk of these three elements, as well as the equality and values of the people.  As we see in the world today, the neglect of the natural environment to save the economy is directly affecting the health of the world today, shrinking humanities’s potential age by the second.


Cities Skylines does an overall excellent job at touching on all of 3 elements of city planning, as well as what substances directly effect them.  The urban design is entirely free to the player, however there are infinite designs to make with some being more efficient than others when incorporating all other elements of city planning including traffic and the natural environment.  Good transportation in Cities Skylines brings all parts of the city together for all of the citizens and tourists to enjoy and utilize to their advantage for their core values and goals.  Traffic is inevitable in a great city, however if traffic is a huge dictator of the operation of the city, there’s flaw in the urban design.   Cities Skylines touches the natural environment aspect of city planning, however it’s flawed in accuracy.  If natural resources and utilities are misused, it would have a direct impact on the health of the citizens and the economy.  However once the natural resources and utilities are sorted out away from the citizens, they don’t become a problem later on as they would in real life. Nonetheless, Cities Skylines touched on most of the important elements of city planning, making it a fairly accurate simulation.