Hello again, Mayors – I’m Guillaume Pierre, the Lead Gameplay Scripter on SimCity
. Last week
, I discussed three different layouts for your cities and today I’m going go over the last three: web, radial, and irregular.
The Web Layout
The web is one of the more complicated layouts to build, but it is very rewarding when used to highlight a landmark. In this city, I built the Arche du Cinquantenaire in the middle of a square then built a web of streets from it at 45 degree and 90 degree angles.
The roads closest to the landmark can all support high density buildings, while the ones farther away only support medium density buildings, thereby creating a sort of concrete crown around the arch.
In this layout, there are eight avenues and streets that all meet at the square around the arch, resulting in many angles for your Sims to look at it from the sidewalk.
The Radial Layout
The radial layout shares some similarities with the web layout, where there’s a central landmark with avenues shooting out from it, but this time it is surrounded by a circle, and the secondary roads form a grid.
With this layout, the city tends to have a little more open space, and it’s best to let the landmark be the star, without overloading the skyline with skyscrapers.
Cars, delivery trucks, and buses have lots of ways to get around the city, with high capacity avenues linking all the major areas of the city, like this one between my city hall and St Basil Cathedral.
The Irregular Layout
This is the one layout that’s built bottom-up rather than top-down. Instead of zooming the camera way out so all the roads can built in one big swoop, you need to zoom as close to the terrain as possible instead, and have the streets smoothly follow the hills and valleys,
without ever creating too much of a grade.
You can find the highest point in the city and place your civic center there, much like castles and fortresses used to be built on top of hills.
You also need to think about how Sims below will be able to see your seat of power, so you have to manage the density of your city to allow clear views to the top.
That’s it for city layouts! I can’t wait to see what you build using this knowledge.
Source: Planning and Urban Design Standards (Ramsey/Sleeper Architectural Graphic Standards Series)