Minecraft has unlocked the power for anyone to create their own world, but can it be used to help shape the future of our cities? In this meetup Exeter City Futures will kick-off the Exeter 2025 Minecraft Challenge – a project to build a collaborative vision of our future city using the game.
Exeter City Futures is releasing a Minecraft map of Exeter City Centre generated from Open Data – an interactive and accessible map which can be used by citizens to redesign the city.
Alongside the map we have identified a series of challenge statements for Minecrafters who have an idea for making Exeter better to respond to. The best ideas will be incorporated into a final version of the map that will be released later this year – offering the city a collaborative vision of Exeter in 2025.
At the meetup Rick Lawrence, Digital Media Officer at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), will be talking about the work RAMM has been doing recreating historic Exeter in Minecraft – a project which has inspired the Exeter 2025 Minecraft Challenge.
Following the talk there will be an opportunity to join a 16 person online server and collaboratively create a vision of future Exeter, working on a Minecraft map of the City Centre generated from open data. Attendees will also be able to download the map to explore and craft on offline. Following the event the map will continue to be available on the server for attendees to build on.
Tickets are free and under 16s are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees must bring their own laptop. Drinks and snacks will be available. The meetup will take place on Friday 18 May, 5.30-7.30pm in the City Futures Space.
Talk by Rick Lawrence, Digital Media Officer at RAMM, about Historic Exeter in Minecraft + Q&A
6.10 – 7.30pm
Crafting future Exeter in Minecraft. Attendees can join a 16 person server to work on collaboratively crafting a future vision of Exeter, or download the map and explore it offline.
The meetup will mark the official start of the Exeter 2025 Minecraft Challenge. Following the event Exeter City Futures will release the Minecraft map of Exeter City Centre for anyone who’s interested to craft their vision of the future city. Citizens can get involved by crafting their own map and sharing it with us or building on the map hosted on our server.
Local artist Clare Bryden will be using a Geocraft map of St Loyes generated by Exeter City Futures as part of her Working With Gold project (which she talked about at Autumn Connect in 2017). Clare is encouraging St Loyes residents to create giant sculptures, pave the streets with gold and subvert urban design using the map.
St Loyes crafters can share their creations at a meetup as part of Art Week Exeter, 11am – 5pm on Saturday 26 May 2018. Find out more here.