The world is quickly becoming a crowded place. Countries like China are developing at a rate that could be considered dangerous. Everyone knows about their one child rule too. However, such extreme measures do not have to be put into place. For example, there are many ways that countries can develop urban areas in a way that will help cities teeming with life. Citizens will not be forced to live elsewhere due to unsanitary conditions or overcrowding. City planners just need to implement a few planning concepts in order to make sure that a city is liveable with a large amount of people. How is this possible? The following five ideas include ideas like growth tracking and environmental mapping in order to keep a city liveable and workable for all of its citizens.
1) Environmental Mapping
Environmental mapping is also known as reflection mapping. It is a computer technique that uses images to create a virtual “world” of the so called image. Special lighting and shading techniques are used to simulate the exact surface and elements of the image’s picture. Once it is created city planners can use the environmental map of a city to play out different scenarios and elements. This helps keep a city organized and understood through the potential dangers it faces. Think of it like a controlled crystal ball- it helps city planners figure out the future if things are not adjusted properly.
2) Growth Tracking
Growth tracking is exactly what it suggests- the evaluation of a population’s expansion. Studies and census polls help keep city planners aware of their city’s population increase. It helps them understand which demographics are expanding and which others are diminishing. They then use this data to help shape the city into a level playing field where all citizens have access to such things like the same health care and clean water facilities.
Architecture is one of the most important aspects of urban developing. First of all, a great architect can work together to create housing and public facilities that will make life easier for city citizens. Most cities need to build skywards in order to make space for all of the people. However, good planning can take advantage of any space and make it work for the city.
4) Zoning Laws
City planners need to be very strict on their zoning laws. This keeps business and residents from fighting over limited space. It also keeps a city from getting gridlocked due to a lack of parking. If zoning laws are updated regularly, then there is nothing that they cannot help a city planner fix.
5) New Organizational Committees
Input from citizens is a must. City planners should enlist the help of the public by creating citizen planning committees. After all, urban planning cannot be a success without every one’s help.
In conclusion, each of these concepts will help aid city planners when it comes to the urban planning of their city. Without them, cities would risk becoming unsanitary and unliveable. Thanks to each of the concepts from architectural advancements to growth tracking, the people of large cities can live in health and peace.
Guest post contributed by Sarah Rawson. Sarah is an online tutor for an online Masters in Sustainability program and is a freelance writer. Her articles appear on various health blogs.