A NEW GUIDE TO BALANCING MOBILITY AND HUMANITY ON MAIN STREET
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Kalobeyei Public Space Project

Kenya

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Project for Public Spaces
 on 
June 24, 2019
June 25, 2019

For those displaced from their original homes, LQC can be part of the process of establishing new ones. Minecraft can be another part.

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

Minecraft is not just for gaming anymore—a project at the Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement in Kenya shows that the computer game can be a powerful tool of inclusive engagement. The project, led by UN-Habitat and Block by Block, brought refugees and surrounding residents to a series of workshops during which they used Minecraft to design new public spaces. Through the process of rendering, constructing, and enjoying these spaces, refugee and host communities have built connections with the local region and each other. 

Though 52 out of the 70 workshop participants had never previously used a computer, they quickly gained the skills to design creative, multi-functional spaces. Their final designs incorporate transport hubs for motorcycle taxis, solar-powered lights, swing sets, trees, and shade structures to mitigate the desert heat. Implementation of these designs has included volunteers planting more than 500 trees across the sites and 30 women and children undergoing training in maintenance to become long-term stewards of the spaces.


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Photo Credit (All): UN-Habitat
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