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Block by Block



Vu Bui and Pontus Westerberg


September 2012[1]


Redmond, Washington


Block by Block

Parent company

Partnership between Mojang and UN-Habitat


Block by Block is a charity set up in 2012 by Mojang to support the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)’s work with public space and Minecraft. The purpose of Block by Block is to raise funds for the improvement of public spaces worldwide, with a focus on poor communities in developing countries.[2]


Name[2] Position[2] Twitter
James Delaney Chairman (London, United Kingdom) @James_A_Delaney
Vu Bui President (Stockholm, Sweden) @vubui
Celine d’Cruz Vice President (Beijing, China) @celine_dcruz
Josefina Axelsson Treasurer (Stockholm, Sweden) @vitasparven
Kyle Farrell Director (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Thomas Melin Director (Stockholm, Sweden) @Thomas4Melin
Gustaf Asplund Director (Gothenburg, Sweden / Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Deirdre Quarnstrom Director (Seattle, Washington) @Deirdre206
Bambo Sofola Director (Carnation, Washington) @BSofola
Kendra Goodenough Secretary (Redmond, Washington)
Pontus Westerberg Special Advisor (Barcelona, Spain) @pontusw
Cecilia Andersson Special Advisor (Nairobi, Kenya)
Christelle Lahoud @ChrisLahoud
Carl Brandt Special Advisor (Redmond, Washington)
Stacy 'stacyplays' Hinojosa Minecraft Community Ambassador (Salt Lake City, Utah) @stacyplays


The Block by Block non-profit was created in 2012, initially with the help of Byggtjanst, a Swedish company which had tested the use of Minecraft for youth participation in the redesign of low-cost housing areas with good results. After initial tests in Kenya and Nepal, Block by Block is now used all over the world. Currently the program is working in 35 countries across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. Mojang and Microsoft are key supporters of the program through Block by Block.


  1. Based on images, plans, Google Maps and other available materials, a base Minecraft model of the public space is produced by UN-Habitat.
  2. UN-Habitat arranges for a Minecraft expert to provide Minecraft training and support.
  3. Community participation workshops are held with youth, project staff and partners in order to:
  • Train participants in the basics of Minecraft modeling
  • Facilitate a dialogue on issues regarding the public space
  • Produce Minecraft models incorporating the proposed design ideas
  • Collate the ideas that are included in the models

After that,

  1. The participants are briefed and divided into groups of 2-4 people, with one computer provided for each group.
  2. The participants are given sufficient time to develop their ideas in Minecraft. Depending on the level of prior IT and Minecraft knowledge, two to four days is recommended.
  3. The participants present their Minecraft models to stakeholders – including urban professionals, policy makers, government officials and UN-Habitat staff. The designs are discussed through a deliberation process and final designs agreed among stakeholders.
  4. The Minecraft proposals are used to feed into professional design work and budget processes.



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