This is too cool. Minecraft developer Mojang has announced the Block by Block program, which will “upgrade” 300 real public spaces by 2016. It’s a collaboration with UN-Habitat’s Sustainable Urban Development Network that encourages people to build and demonstrate their plans for urban neighborhoods with Minecraft. The results will be reviewed by real urban planners and policy makers, and considered for construction/upgrade. A pilot program in Kibera, one of Nairobi’s slums, is already being translated from Minecraft (above). Brilliant.
[Via Von Glitschka]