UrbanIxD Summer School

Nokuna – social utopia or creative control centre?

Nokuna is part of the Displaced City series.



It’s 2063 in the Displaced City. Nokuna is a protected region that operates on a gift economy model. The universal Bitcoin currency has had its signal blocked and is useless within Nokuna’s boundaries. Helping others and supporting the city infrastructure – painting smart interface walls, watering the urban garden and removing digital waste – will determine the length of a person’s stay, as well as the products and services that they can enjoy in Nokuna. Smart walls hold a crowd-sourced digital catalogue of tasks that must be downloaded and completed to grant a person more time and enjoyment in Nokuna. When you stop contributing to Nokuna’s gift economy, you are ‘turned off’ and the system escorts you to the exit.