Can strengthening local networks balance urban flows of resources and ideas? Covid-19 has caused massive readjustments of society, changing the ways we interact on a global scale. Plaki was focused on exploring the opportunities and challenges that this presents for building resilient forms of urban metabolism in our cities.
Research, Game Design
Taking into account growing issues of waste management (expedited by the pandemic) and need for new forms of community interaction (focusing on a hyperlocal scale), Plaki aims to imagine ways of adapting to this new paradigm that create economic opportunities as well as a positive environmental impact.
Interviews with community facilitators and experts built up a map of the current situation in the neighbourhood of Haebangchon in Seoul. To communicate the findings a narrative was designed, set within a fictional community that has adapted to the continued effects of Covid-19 over a period of decades. There are some similarities with the present time but also unexpected developments to explore.
By presenting the story in the format of a game the intention was to bring the research to life and encourage discussion around the themes investigated within.