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Block by Block; Better Building IRL

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You may remember Mojang's project, "Mina Kvarter" (My Blocks) - a project that allows people to envision redevelopment of areas where they work and play, by using Minecraft as an architectural template.  Well, the project has been such a resounding success so far, that the UN is now taking an interest in it; Mojang is now collaborating with the UN, in a project called "Block by Block"!  Just like the formerly Swedish-only project, “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 see their vision come to life.  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.

Mojang will be the main financial sponsor for Block by Block, and they will work closely with the UN to help reach the target goals. Lydia has been attending the World Urban Forum, announcing Block by Block together with UN Habitat. Lydia will also be working with our fantastic Minecraft community to support the project in various ways.  Mojang expects to have a site for Block by Block ready soon - keep an eye out!

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#1

AmazingHuh

Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:36 PM

Oh wow, that Undugu playground thing is awesome. Hope mojang keeps up the good work!
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#2

warchicken
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:37 PM

Love the news by pico, good stuff!
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#3

Chaospillager

Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:01 PM

Mojang is awesome! I want that PC, but I'm in Australia! I see so many countries EXCEPT mine! Also it says here 15% discount, but when I click on 'GIve premium a try' it says 35% off! I am confused.
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#4

Tucking_Fypo

Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:02 PM

Wow, having Minecraft Builds in real life?
Someone will have to build me my own minecraft house, so it will be my living house...

LEGENDARY PEOPLE

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#5

UnknownOne23

Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:05 PM

Cool.


View Postwarchicken, on 07 September 2012 - 09:37 PM, said:

Love the news by pico, good stuff!


I hate pricko. Why do they talk about diablo on Minecraft forums? Does diablo forums talk about minecraft?

#6

Jpgar
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:07 PM

i wish they oppened the server of block by block to public, i want to make my house!
qq

#7

MichealIkruhara

Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:24 PM

Just when I thought Minecraft couldn't get any more succesfull BAM! It is!
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#8

BlockyNintendo

Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:26 PM

The UN taking an interest is like calling Minecraft "the official game of the world."

Thus, it should be in schools, and a class called "Minecraft building."
It signs so I don't have to! Hooray for laziness!
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#9

RickCrafter

Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:47 PM

The architectural thing is SO COOL!

Also, I agree. I'd totally take a college elective for minecraft.

Thanks to the awesome True(False) Symmetry for drawing my Avatar!


#10

UnknownOne23

Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:55 PM

This totally owned the guy who said earlier that Minecraft wasn't about construction anymore.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:00 PM

aah, the usual problem when I look at any "giveaway" or "prize" or "free for the first N people" type prizes. The good old "we discriminate against the southern hemisphere" tactic - no goodies for you, australia.



Sorry!You must be from one of the following countries to enter:

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No, I will not subscribe to your channel because you asked... but I might if it's *good*.

#12

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:02 PM

I want the place I live based off of Minecraft...
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#13

ItsTheGuyNyanTarts

Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:14 PM

Wait a second, isn't Origin part of EA?

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#14

RaptorBeast7

Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:24 PM

View PostTucking_Fypo, on 07 September 2012 - 10:02 PM, said:

Wow, having Minecraft Builds in real life?
Someone will have to build me my own minecraft house, so it will be my living house...
designing your own house in minecraft = mind blown + easiest way to show what your house may look like :D

#15

Chaospillager

Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:34 PM

View Postfrumbert, on 07 September 2012 - 11:00 PM, said:

aah, the usual problem when I look at any "giveaway" or "prize" or "free for the first N people" type prizes. The good old "we discriminate against the southern hemisphere" tactic - no goodies for you, australia.



Sorry!You must be from one of the following countries to enter:

  • Andorra
  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Bosnia And Herzegovina
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Belarus
  • Canada
  • Switzerland
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Spain
  • Finland
  • Faroe Islands
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Guernsey
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Croatia
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Isle Of Man
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Jersey
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Latvia
  • Monaco
  • Moldova, Republic Of
  • Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Russian Federation
  • Sweden
  • Slovenia
  • Svalbard And Jan Mayen
  • Slovakia
  • San Marino
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United States of America
  • Holy See (Vatican City State)

Yeah. I hate it too! There are always giveaways in Europe and America, but what about Australia? 15% off? That doesn't give me anything! I don't buy jynx stuff. They really need to put up one for Australia! Are all those places only Northern Hemisphere? WE HAVE GOOD INTERNET TOO! Just cos we (don't quote me on this!) were the last place discovered, doesn't mean anything! MEAN!!!
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#16

citricsquid

Posted 08 September 2012 - 12:38 AM

View PostItsTheGuyNyanTarts, on 07 September 2012 - 11:14 PM, said:

Wait a second, isn't Origin part of EA?

There is a company called origin that build computers, the origin client from EA is more recent: http://www.originpc.com/

#17

ProMeTheus112

Posted 08 September 2012 - 02:25 AM

What!? This is absolutely amazing. This project needs all the help it can get. It's freaking revolutionary !!

#18

nitrocrafter

Posted 08 September 2012 - 04:27 AM

Block by block? This needs some music:

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#19

ThesaurusRex84

Posted 08 September 2012 - 04:55 AM

Great, now Mojang's all political now.
Check out Boats Evolved; the fancy huge customizable boats Notch tweeted about brought to life!
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#20

DezoLord

Posted 08 September 2012 - 07:20 AM

Good luck to everybody who is doing this contest!
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