A new programme cleverly dubbed Block by Block shows a collaboration between Mojang and the UN. This new programme will allow urban locations to be recreated on Minecraft allowing residents to preview the location and take a tour of it.
The point of the programme is to give the residents a chance to voice their opinions and allow them to decide how the regeneration money is spent on their towns. It was first announced at the Minecraft conference which took place last weekend in Paris.
‘Today we’re extremely excited to announce a new collaboration with UN Habitat called ‘Block by Block‘. Just like the Swedish predecessor, “Block by Block” aims to involve youth in the planning process in urban areas by giving them the opportunity to show planners and decision makers how they would like to see their cities in the future. Minecraft has turned out to be the perfect tool to facilitate this process. The three-year partnership will support UN-Habitat’s Sustainable Urban Development Network to upgrade 300 public spaces by 2016. The first pilot project in Kibera one of Nairobi’s informal settlements is already in the planning phase. Below is a picture of the site and the Minecraft version of the same built by epic Minecraft builder group FyreUK.’ – Quote from Carl Manneh of Mojang