Block by Block

Project status

live

Block by Block

In developing countries, citizen engagement in the rapid growth and development that many cities are experiencing is not a priority. Even when city governments want to engage citizens, finding methods that effectively do this are often quite challenging. With “Block by Block”, United Nations Human Settlements Programme, and Mojang, makers of popular online game Minecraft, are exploring how the game could be used to find out how people want to see their cities develop in the future. Using the game, residents can build simple 3D models of their community. This is a simple and effective way to visualise future developments and create a consensus within the community. They first trialed Block by Block in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum, in 2012. Since then, they’ve started projects in nearly 30 other locations across the globe.

Cooperators

Location

Madagascar
Manakara
Israel
Jerusalem
Haiti
Port-au-Prince
Lebanon
Beirut
Indonesia
Surabaya
Kosovo
Pristina
Philippines
Manila
Bangladesh
Khulna
India
Mumbai
Nepal
Kirtipur
South Africa
Johannesburg
Somalia
Mogadishu
Nigeria
Lokoja
Mexico
Saltillo
Mexico
Mérida
Mexico
Mexico City
Haiti
Les Cayes
Peru
Lima
Kenya
Nairobi