1
MINECRAFT
IN PUBLIC SPACE DESIGN
#blockbyblock
Pontus Westerberg
2
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme,
UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency
for sustainable towns and citie...
33
UN-HABITAT
IN THE
WORLD
UN-Habitat in the world
Asia & Pacific
Regional
Office,
Fukuoka
Latin America &
the Caribbean
R...
404/08/14
Urbanization trends 1950-2050
5
Sustainable urbanization
– the way forward
1. Establish a national urban policy
Identify urban priorities and improve co...
6
Public spaces are crucial for the
functioning of cities
Encourages social inclusion and diversity
Improves urban safet...
UN-Habitat’s public space programme
Colombia
Rwanda
Kenya
Ethiopia
Egypt
India
Nepal
Vietnam
Nigeria
Ghana
Haiti
Cameroon
...
8
9
What is Minecraft?
• One of the world’s most popular computer
games
• 50 million copies sold worldwide
• Players place d...
10
+
=
11
How it works
1. Google maps, plans and images are used to give an impression of the public space.
12
How it works
2. Using the material a digital version of the public space is created in Minecraft.
13
How it works
3. In workshops, participants visualize their own ideas of improving the space.
14
How it works
3. In workshops, participants visualize their own ideas – in this case they have
added a building to the r...
15
Kibera is the largest slum in
Kenya’s capital Nairobi
16
The Silanga Sports field is the only
formal public space in the Kibera
village of Silanga
17
Using Minecraft for community
participation in Silanga, Kibera
18
04/08/14
The redesigned Silanga sports field in Minecraft
19
04/08/14
Urban waterfront project in
Les Cayes, the third largest
city in Haiti
20
Pictures from Les Cayes used to
create a giant Minecraft model
21
04/08/14
Using Minecraft for community
participation in Les Cayes, Haiti
22
04/08/14
Walkway protects Les Cayes from erosion and flooding
23
04/08/14
A new football field proposed in Fort Islet, Les Cayes
24
04/08/14
New jetties and resting places at Porte de la pêche
25
Benefits of using Minecraft for
community participation
Changes power relationship between
‘ordinary’ people and profe...
26
Block by Block at
Aldea Digital 2014
27
Curso/concurso
en Aldea Digital
28
Challenge:
Redesign Plaza Tlaxcoaque
in Minecraft
Participants were asked to redesign
the square considering three them...
29
Plaza Tlaxcoaque is about 600
metres from the Zócalo, along
Avenida 20 de Noviembre
30
More than 7,000
players in total
31
Over 1,000 entries
in the competition
32
Nearly 1,500 entries
In the competition
Follow the competition
live on the web server
33
Our fantastic group of volunteers
made the competition possible
34
THANK YOU
unhabitat.org
blockbyblock.org
#blockbyblock
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Block by Block is an innovative partnership between UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, and Mojang, the makers of Minecraft. In this presentation we explain how Minecraft is used to engage citizens, particularly young people, in the design of public spaces.

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  • Block by Block - UN-Habitat using Minecraft to engage citizens in public space design

    1. 1. 1 MINECRAFT IN PUBLIC SPACE DESIGN #blockbyblock Pontus Westerberg
    2. 2. 2 The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for sustainable towns and cities.
    3. 3. 33 UN-HABITAT IN THE WORLD UN-Habitat in the world Asia & Pacific Regional Office, Fukuoka Latin America & the Caribbean Regional Office, Rio de Janeiro Headquarters and Regional Office for Africa, Nairobi Liaison Office, New York Liaison Office, Geneva Liaison Office, Brussels UN-Habitat works in more than 70 developing countries Arab States Regional Office, Cairo
    4. 4. 404/08/14 Urbanization trends 1950-2050
    5. 5. 5 Sustainable urbanization – the way forward 1. Establish a national urban policy Identify urban priorities and improve collaboration between different actors. 2. Go back to basics in urban planning 30% public space as first priority. 3. Increase density and reduce overcrowding City infills and planned city extensions. Basic services, water and sanitation.
    6. 6. 6 Public spaces are crucial for the functioning of cities Encourages social inclusion and diversity Improves urban safety Provides space for democracy and good governance Improves health and well-being Creates positive environmental benefits Provides space for businesses such as markets
    7. 7. UN-Habitat’s public space programme Colombia Rwanda Kenya Ethiopia Egypt India Nepal Vietnam Nigeria Ghana Haiti Cameroon Somalia Brazil Papua New Guinea Philippines Mexico
    8. 8. 8
    9. 9. 9 What is Minecraft? • One of the world’s most popular computer games • 50 million copies sold worldwide • Players place different coloured blocks - sort of like a “digital Lego” - in an infinite world • Players often work together in multiplayer mode online to build fantastic structures – buildings, cities, worlds • Or they compete on servers in ‘hunger games’, parkour etc
    10. 10. 10 + =
    11. 11. 11 How it works 1. Google maps, plans and images are used to give an impression of the public space.
    12. 12. 12 How it works 2. Using the material a digital version of the public space is created in Minecraft.
    13. 13. 13 How it works 3. In workshops, participants visualize their own ideas of improving the space.
    14. 14. 14 How it works 3. In workshops, participants visualize their own ideas – in this case they have added a building to the right of the bridge. The Minecraft models are used to influence architectural and planning designs and finally the construction itself.
    15. 15. 15 Kibera is the largest slum in Kenya’s capital Nairobi
    16. 16. 16 The Silanga Sports field is the only formal public space in the Kibera village of Silanga
    17. 17. 17 Using Minecraft for community participation in Silanga, Kibera
    18. 18. 18 04/08/14 The redesigned Silanga sports field in Minecraft
    19. 19. 19 04/08/14 Urban waterfront project in Les Cayes, the third largest city in Haiti
    20. 20. 20 Pictures from Les Cayes used to create a giant Minecraft model
    21. 21. 21 04/08/14 Using Minecraft for community participation in Les Cayes, Haiti
    22. 22. 22 04/08/14 Walkway protects Les Cayes from erosion and flooding
    23. 23. 23 04/08/14 A new football field proposed in Fort Islet, Les Cayes
    24. 24. 24 04/08/14 New jetties and resting places at Porte de la pêche
    25. 25. 25 Benefits of using Minecraft for community participation Changes power relationship between ‘ordinary’ people and professionals such as architects and urban planners Three-dimensional models are easier to understand than traditional architectural drawings Participants work together building and improving the models Participants are able to easily build and explore their built environment by placing Minecraft blocks Engages young people – normally a hard-to- reach group
    26. 26. 26 Block by Block at Aldea Digital 2014
    27. 27. 27 Curso/concurso en Aldea Digital
    28. 28. 28 Challenge: Redesign Plaza Tlaxcoaque in Minecraft Participants were asked to redesign the square considering three themes: 1.The coexistence of citizens 2.Security and safety 3.Playfulness and games for kids Xboxes donated by Telmex as prizes.
    29. 29. 29 Plaza Tlaxcoaque is about 600 metres from the Zócalo, along Avenida 20 de Noviembre
    30. 30. 30 More than 7,000 players in total
    31. 31. 31 Over 1,000 entries in the competition
    32. 32. 32 Nearly 1,500 entries In the competition Follow the competition live on the web server
    33. 33. 33 Our fantastic group of volunteers made the competition possible
    34. 34. 34 THANK YOU unhabitat.org blockbyblock.org #blockbyblock

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