Creativity and Minecraft

Here’s an interesting piece: the case for creating — and video games:

Things progressed. Servers popped up where players could work together in a world. Some players replicated real-world buildings and spaces. Conferences were held. People started to wonder about applications outside of video games: education? design? urban planning?

Mojang, the maker of Minecraft, is now in partnership with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the UN agency promoting sustainable towns and cities. Block by Blockbrings master Minecraft builders into a city that needs help with a public space, including Les Cayes, Haiti, and Nairobi, Kenya. The master builders replicate the public space in the game and then teach people in the community how to use Minecraft to help make changes to the space. The UN and the real-world community then use the changes to develop an architectural blueprint and build, using funds provided by Mojang and the Minecraft virtual community. This partnership aims to upgrade 300 public spaces by 2016.

Read the whole thing here.

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