Pukika INCEPTION will result in a reliable simulation of self-sustainable cities and put the Pukika Development Model in the public eye. With the data and insight gathered, we’ll be able to develop software to operate real cities in a more sustainable way. Hopefully, one day, Pukika will contribute to building the first self-sustainable city in the world.

Story of a Long March

After graduating from university in 1994, Juan began developing the idea of a self-sustainable city. He conducted research on his own and wrote a book proposing the idea. In 1999, he set up the Ecotek Foundation in Bogotá, Colombia to launch the experiment. The project didn’t go very far because the armed conflict in Colombia was at its peak, so neither the government nor the other stakeholders paid much attention to the proposal. The foundation closed shop in 2002.

Juan went on to a different line of work, but he continued to advance the development model, albeit at a much slower pace. In the past years, Juan has been reverse engineering the systems (e.g. transport, agriculture, manufacturing, energy, etc.) required to operate a self-sufficient city according to recent advances in technology.

In 2106, after having moved to Berlin, Juan began working on a new book proposing an experiment to build a self-sustainable city. In 2017, he had the idea of creating a simulation game to further the systems required to operate a self-sustainable city, and to put self-sustainability on the map. Juan and Ronja met in the spring and have been pushing the project forward.

Building a self-sustainable city is a long, long march. Most of the story is yet to be written. You are welcome to help us write this story or just follow us as we embark on one of the most ambitious projects of this century.

Principles of a Self-sustainable City

A self-sufficient city is restricted to what the ecosystem can provide, but it opens a myriad of possibilities that enhance our quality of life. And most importantly, it allows a city to offer these comfortable standards of living to everyone. Let’s take a look at some of the aspects under the hood of Pukika INCEPTION.

  • The entire city operates under Circular & Sharing Economy
  • Multidimensional Monetary System curbs gender & income inequality
  • City designed using Fractal Urbanism has adequate public spaces
  • Decentralised direct democracy fosters transparency & implementation
  • Universal healthcare and Modular Education System for everyone

To learn more about self-sustainable and our previous work, check out our research website www.pukika.org