College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

City and Regional Planning Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in City and Regional Planning



Primary Advisor

Vicente del Rio, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, City and Regional Planning Department


This project explores the novel planning model of the National Park City, exploring how it has been applied to London, England and developing a theoretical application of how it could be implemented in the City of San Luis Obispo, California. Marked by years of a progressive approach to planning and an engaged community, San Luis Obispo is unique in respecting the natural environment and in expanding environmental preservation and recreational opportunities. Becoming a National Park City would not only be an obvious result to these efforts but would make San Luis Obispo the first of its kind in the United States and project it to the frontline of an important international movement.

Chapter 1 is an exploration of the novel National Park City concept. It begins with a brief history of the environmental movements that paved the way for the formation of the National Park City Foundation, and concludes with a discussion of the concept’s impact in the world. The primary case study of the research section of this project will be the world’s first and only National Park City, London. After discussing the steps London has already taken towards fulfilling the National Park City concept, the project will then look at cities the Foundation has identified as possible National Park Cities of the future.

Following the research portion of this project, I will develop a design proposal for the City of San Luis Obispo, California to become the first National Park City in the United States. This will involve the creation of maps, site plans, and perspectives diagraming new park systems and other sustainable design ideas that San Luis Obispo can implement to fulfill their definition of what being a National Park City means in the context of California’s climate, culture, and topography.