The Simulation Game is an interactive learning tool for planning eco-towns, that was developed at the Institute of Wastewater Management and Water Protection at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH). The goal is to plan a small Eco-Town with an ecological design using system thinking and synergetic effects of resource cycles. The planning takes place in a simulated world, with different groups planning Eco-Towns in different climates. You will plan two towns in Wales and two in Ethiopia.
How can I take part?
If you want to participate in the next game (starting in May 2020), you are invited to our HumHub platform. As an external participant, you play the role of an inhabitant in one of the newly planned towns. You are able to take action and influence the planning progress.
How does the Simulation Game work?
The Game is open for external participants, who can take on the role of village inhabitants. As an inhabitant you are part of the decision making processes of the planning process. Furthermore, you can write newspaper articles and travel to other towns to see how they plan their Eco-Towns. Therefore, you participate in local and international debates by contributing with your knowledge, creativity and experiences. You should take on a role, which can reflect your real life or you create a new one and research the needs of your created persona. The level of engagement and amount of time spent in the Game is determined by your level of interest and engagement during the two month.
In each town are specific planning groups handled by master degree students from Hamburg, Paris and Toulouse and maybe soon others. These planning groups try to find specific solutions for the places they choose in the area of the planned settlement. Therefore, subgroups focusing on water, energy, buildings, transport or community impact, just to name some aspects have to coordinate their planning processes. You will discuss state of the art environmental innovations and discuss, especially, if they suit the socio economic and ecological environment. Every Eco-Town has to react to obstacles and changes of their planning environment. You will rely on data collected in the “real” world, however, once we started conditions can change.
The Simulation Game is realised by using the platform HumHub (see picture below). You will have specific rooms for specific purposes like the shown exhibition hall for international conferences to show milestones in the planning and to discuss these ideas internationally. Other rooms can provide you with train tickets or you hold in others you town meetings. During the game you will get more access to more rooms by gaining train or flight tickets.
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