Minecraft partners with UN for urban development

Developer Mojang announces Block by Block program; involves residents in planning work on urban areas with virtual replicas.

Building a town in Minecraft could be the first step for people in need of renewed urban spaces. Minecraft studio Mojang is partnering with the United Nations for Block by Block, a program that lets youths contribute to development decisions in their neighborhoods by modifying replicas within the game.

"The community seems to want significantly more torches."

Community members can mutually remake their area's virtual buildings and roads on private servers, whether they have architectural training or not. The program connects their efforts with local governments and urban developers, who use the layouts and designs as a basis for plans.

Mojang will be the main financial sponsor behind Block by Block as it supports UN-Habitat's Sustainable Urban Development Network in upgrading 300 urban areas by 2016. The program's pilot project in the Kibera settlement of Nairobi, Kenya, is already under way, with a re-creation of the region ready to be modified as desired by locals.

The project is modeled on another charitable effort from Mojang in Sweden called Mina Kvarter, or My Blocks. That program similarly let residents participate in planning the renewal of urban areas that had fallen into disrepair.

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maxwell97
maxwell97

Why exactly are we funding this?

jhcho2
jhcho2

The Garden of Eden Creation Kit. Never thought I'd live to see it.

Rovelius
Rovelius

I don't know what to think of this honestly

DrKill09
DrKill09

Just when you thought the UN couldn't become more of a joke.

exedeath
exedeath

As long as you watch out for those Creepers you will be fine.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Excuse me while I create a system of roads shaped like a large phallic symbol, and carefully disguise it with trees and small hills

Flint247
Flint247

Minecraft is a very big game. I have it and I haven't stopped playing since I got it in July 2012 (Xbox 360 version). Even when I try to move away for a while, more ideas come into my mind. o.O

Liliroots
Liliroots

There's more to minecraft than mining!

pez2k_
pez2k_

Can Kenya actually afford to pave their streets with diamonds and TNT though?

SolidTy
SolidTy

Hopefully it turns out sweet. :)

BisnessPirate
BisnessPirate

When I first read the title I misread minecraft as microsoft so I thought WTF?

But whit it being mojang it does make a lot more sense.

Jarten
Jarten

Sounds pretty cool. Wish thy would have something like that for over here. We don't get to help decide anything it feels like.

evansmichaelj
evansmichaelj

What? Well that's a pretty funny comment though... why do I keep thinking about it. Minecraft is quite a creative game. Minecraftsp.jar was a very interesting take on the game.... that game is just full of interesting modifications.. 

any city could take note.