The amazing city
7 March - 1 June 2014
ArkDes invites everyone to join forces to create a new Stockholm – Blockholm – in the game Minecraft.
Blockholm is a project in which everyone is invited to join forces to recreate Stockholm using the computer game Minecraft. It is a place where we investigate what our city is and what it could look like. The exhibition features a selection of plots in the Blockholm game that have been developed.
Blockholm is based on a transfer of Stockholm’s land data into Minecraft to create an exact, full-scale representation of the city. 10,000 of Blockholm’s plots have been developed since the beginning in October. A jury has chosen ten of these that offer interesting thoughts and ideas. We present the buildings as prototypes on a scale of 1:5 in this exhibition.
Minecraft is used by millions
With the aid of Minecraft, millions of children, young people and adults all over the world use their imagination and creativity to create amazing new worlds, cities and buildings. Modern architects and urban planners work in the same way, albeit using different digital tools. Blockholm is a playful way for the National Centre for Architecture and Design to highlight the similarities in these processes and to investigate new opportunities for public dialogue and participation. In Blockholm everyone builds side by side. Adults and children, nurses and urban planners.
Players become co-creators
This is a place where you can try out ideas and forms with an open mind. We are thus given a new way to conduct a conversation with one another and with our decision-makers. In the exhibition you also encounter concepts such as crowdsourcing, open data, making and sharing, and new technology such as 3D printers – developments that make it easier to implement and disseminate ideas. New platforms make it easier to meet and more ideas can become reality.