Block by Block is an innovative product released in cooperation with UN-Habitat and Mojang using Minecraft to involve citizens in public space design, and the capital of Kosovo, Prishtina will be one of the many participating cities around the world.
UN Habitat, a branch of the international organization, works within cities around the world on issues like urban planning, communication between government and its citizens, and securing funding for social services. Block by Block is part of the Global Public Space Program, which wants to upgrade 300 public spaces in the next three years.
They approached Minecraft’s maker, Mojang, in 2012 (which was later acquired by Microsoft for a smooth 2.5 billion dollars), and initially they worked with four cities have been added to the Block-by-Block program: Le Cayes; Kiritpur, Nepal; Nairobi, Kenya; and Mexico City.
The Municipality of Prishtina will be one of the new cities among others that will create solutions for specific areas the municipality, in close cooperation with its citizens. The representatives of UN-Habitat in a press conference announced that during 11-14 September, there will be workshops aimed at the residents of the planned areas, where they will learn to use “Minecraft” for design and planning of public spaces.
Back in June, Prishtina made another smart-city move by introducing automated machines that server 24-7 and instantly deliver documents like a civil-extract or a birth certificate.