Name of the initiative:

The Pukika Experiment—Self-sufficient city for 3 million

By: Pukika Foundations and philanthropies
Scope: Global
Timeframe: 20 years
Starting month:


Project's value: 10M – 100M USD

To build a self-sufficient city that by Habitat 4 can show the world how human settlements can integrate into their ecosystem and eradicate poverty & inequality. Pukika is not just a new urban model, it's a development model that incorporates fractals into urban planning; block-chain technology to create local currencies that put inequality in check; sports, yoga, meditation and healthy food are part of your job description; education is modular and permanent, so we can really say that no one is left behind.
Pukika's development model, driven by self-sufficiency, puts the ecosystem in the middle to make sure we're not just calling ourselves green but outsourcing pollution elsewhere. The model is designed so that it can be replicated in diverse ecosystems and at a very low cost—a requirement at the top of the list for any solution to pollution and poverty alleviation.
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Implementation modalities:

The Experiment is divided into 5 phases:
Embryonic: come up with relevant information and launch 12 research projects that will produce the models and prototypes required to build a self-sufficient city. Research covers areas such as urban model, economy, energy, transport, health, etc.
Contact: secure the funding and find a government willing to host the experiment. Introduce the experiment to the general public
Planning: come up with all blue-prints, software and other technology required
Setup: build initial infrastructure, begin agriculture and build fist settlement
Growth: start populating the city according to the ecosystem's capacity to absorb human and animal populations

Expected accomplishments:

When Habitat 4 comes around in 20 years, we expect to be able to show case the city to the world. If we can come up with a development model that can house 3 million people, lifting them from poverty and without their lifestyle destroying their ecosystem, humanity would have in its hands a scalable and affordable way for billions of people. While this would not stop the pollution and environment degradation that our current lifestyle causes, making sure that part of the human population lives in a truly sustainable way, would give the rest of mankind more time to figure out a way to change their lifestyles. One thing is clear: if 7.5 billion people are messing up the planet, adding 3.5 billion more to follow their footsteps is not going to fix it. What we need is an example of how a species can develop advanced technology and still be responsible for its ecosystem.

  • A book introducing the Pukika Experiment.
  • Thematic videos that explain different aspects of Pukika
  • 13 books that serve as user manuals on how a self-sufficient city operates
  • A documentary explaining a day in a self-sufficient city
  • All software applications that run a self-sufficient city (available for free for all self-sufficient cities)
  • A self-sufficient city!