Pukika INCEPTION is not your usual city simulator. Here you’re building the city in a team, so you negotiate with your friends the allocation of resources found in the ecosystem. Each one of you works in a different sector (e.g. manufacturing, energy, transport, health, etc.) As a team, you have to make your city grow but respecting the ecosystem’s capacity.
Users build neighbourhoods using Pukika’s Fractal Urbanism principles—a new approach to urban planning that uses fractals to determine what gets build and where. Small changes have big impacts at the large scale, so together you test ideas of how to optimise the resources you have and to improve the quality of life for all in your city. Unlike other city building simulators, Pukika INCEPTION uses real data to link human activities to the ecosystem.
Users define both the physical aspect and the lifestyle of their avatars. By playing some mini games, they zoom in into the life of their avatars. This allows us to simulate energy consumption, transport and other behaviours that would allow us to demonstrate the feasibility of a self-sufficient city. Avatars also help users understand how to lead a more sustainable lifestyle in the real world.
Pukika’s engine will use machine learning to identify which cities are performing better, and will incorporate those practices into one central city generated in Virtual Reality: Pukika.
All users can meet in Pukika, where they can exchange ideas and attend events and workshops. Non-players can also attend city tours to see for themselves how a self-sufficient city works.