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Minecraft video game used to design public space in more than 25 developing countries

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Minecraft video game used to design public space in more than 25 developing countries Minecraft video game used to design public space in more than 25 developing countries

Minecraft video game used to design public space in more than 25 developing countries

Local authorities have been "amazed to see that young women from slums could design as architects or urban planners", according to the co-ordinator of a United Nations initiative using the video game Minecraft to get communities designing their own public spaces.
The Block by Block project is the work of UN-Habitat ? the United Nations agency for sustainable urban development ? together with the makers of the hugely popular world-building computer game Minecraft, Mojang.
Block by Block is a global UN-run programme in which Minecraft is used as a community participation tool in the design of public spaces, like this one designed for Dandora, Nairobi ? the location of the biggest dump site in East Africa
Since 2012, they have used the game to engage communities all over the world ? particularly young people, women and slum dwellers ? in the design of their local public spaces, and have now reached more than 25 countries. Kenya, Peru, Haiti and Nepal are among the nations to have Block by Block-designed spaces.
Last month, Pontus Westerberg, coordinator of Block by Block, took to the stage at Made In Space, a three-day festival held at Space10 in Copenhagen's meatpacking district, to explain how the initiative uses Minecraft as a community participation tool in urban design for public space projects all over the world ? particularly in poor communities within developing countries.
Communities are able to build into virtual landscapes that correspond to the real-life environment, as in this project in Mogadishu, Somalia, where a market hall has been built on a former waste heap
"They're quite stale," said Westerberg, speaking about typical urban planning meetings in local communities. "Generally, a person will stand in a room in front of people who are listening. All the people in the room are above the age of 45 or 50. There are generally no young people, and not so many women."
"In Kenya where I live, more than 50 per cent of the population is under 25, so finding ways to get young people involved in community space projects is crucial."
This rendering shows plans for the second phase of the Market Hall development in Mogadishu, Somalia, where 20 years of civil war has severely limited the development of basic urban services
The Block by Block programme organises workshops with 30-to-50 people that live and work around the planned public spaces. Divided into groups of around three or four people, the local residents are taught how to build in the virtual landscape of Minecraft.
"Older residents who have never used computers before are taught by young guys," explained Westerberg. "So you get this really nice intergenerational communication going on."
After building projects in Minecraft, stakeholders from local government, the mayor's office, planners and architects listen to presentations by people who were part of the design process.
Mumbai is one city where Block by Block ran workshops...


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Fecha de publicación: 03-07-2017 21:44
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