Our Minecraft project has received a mention in a KPMG Smart Cities paper. Here’s the text:
To engage the community and relieve boredom in isolation during school holidays, the City of Adelaide released two Minecraft challenges. The city asked citizens to become chief town planners and engineers and build a new city based on the original 1836 town plan, or reimagine the existing city to create a post‑COVID‑19 2021 city of the future.
The City of Adelaide has recorded over 900 downloads of the Minecraft challenges, not only by children but also by many adults. Through gamification, the city is demonstrating their commitment to understanding the human experience of the communities who live, work, learn and play in the local government area. The City of Adelaide is exploring options to build on what has been achieved to meaningfully engage with communities and co‑create the future city.
City of Adelaide’s spatial planning expert Josh Roberts said the initiative was generating new thinking and creative approaches to town planning and education.
“The Minecraft challenge has captured the imagination of the young, and the young at heart, and created a way for them to engage with us around smart cities”.
The Adelaide Minecraft worlds were generated in part using Geographic
Information Systems (GIS) data from the city’s 3D model to render eight billion blocks to create the built form.
“We look forward to expanding the project and engaging with more of Minecraft’s 112million month active users to reimagine the City of Adelaide,” said Roberts.