Suggested age: 4+

Photo courtesy of UN-Habitat

The video game Minecraft allows players to build structures out of textured cubes (like digital Lego). UN-Habitat developed this idea, creating Block By Block with the makers of Minecraft (Mojang), to involve youths and different community groups in the design of public spaces. Participants communicate their proposed designs using 3D models which improves their level of understanding and engagement.

See UN-Habitat’s report ‘Using minecraft for youth participation in urban design and governance’ to learn more about this tool.

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