Using Minecraft for Youth Participation in Urban Design and Governance


The purpose of this paper is to outline UN-Habitat’s approach to using information and communication technology (ICT) as an enabler to encourage youth participation in urban design and governance.

UN-Habitat believes that ICT can be a catalyst to improve governance in towns and cities and help increase levels of participation, efficiency and accountability in public urban policies, provided that the tools are appropriately used, accessible, inclusive and affordable. Research shows that ICT use by youth can have a direct impact on increasing civic engagement, giving them avenues through which to become informed, shape opinions, get organized, collaborate and take action. UN-Habitat’s experiences of using the video game Mine craft as a community participation tool for public space design confirms this view and shows that providing youth with ICT tools can promote improved civic engagement.


Published: 2015

Pages: 20

Language: English

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