BLOCK is a video game, which allows users to design and study the health of the city and ecological interdependencies of urban actors. It is founded on ideas of ecology, establishing the interdependencies of city entities such as housing, shops, parks and infrastructure. By allowing the player to understand how to use resources (money, waste, social capital), the game aims to encourage entrepreneurship through the design of an ecological urbanism, allowing for new opportunities to be conceived in the city. The objective of the game is to both educate people and to generate user data for design patterns for the LA of 2050, producing the first database of a future city.
The project will be open-source and free to access. The first prototype of the game has already been developed within USC School of Architecture.