Sustainable Urban Planning Course - EXPLO

Minecraft Sustainable Cities

Sustainable Urban Planning

Using Minecraft, design a sustainable city for the future that will allow residents to live comfortably without leaving a large carbon footprint.

A superstorm has wiped out one of the oldest cities in the world and the race is on to rebuild. Your job? To design a sustainable city for the future that will allow residents to live comfortably without leaving a large carbon footprint. Working as a team, we’ll create a layout for the city, develop a zoning code, and determine the locations of buildings, parks, and protected areas before building it in Minecraft. Which public transportation options will help people move throughout the city? How will you effectively and efficiently reduce waste for such a large population? How can you balance the cost and environmental impact of alternative energy sources and still provide enough power to the city’s population? With a combination of urban planning and sustainable engineering we’ll work together to create a futuristic city that is both idealistic and practical — and habitable for centuries to come.

Please Note: no previous experience with Minecraft is necessary for this course.

Plan your summer

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Course Highlights

  • Create rapid prototypes of sustainable objects and work with your classmates to place these objects within a physical model of your city

  • Apply the engineering design process to adjust and maximize renewable energy sources — from mini windmills to solar panel pumps

  • Collaborate as a class to develop zoning guidelines for your city, and use Minecraft to design and locate your virtual structures

  • Present your finished proposal to an EXPLO design guest for critique and approval

Right now I am taking Urban Planning, which I really like because I like it back at home. I like geography even though I don’t know that many landmarks. I look at Google Earth way too much — I spend like an hour a day on it at least. Sometimes even like 5 hours. I just look at cities like St. Cloud, Minnesota, or Des Moines. I like thinking about traffic and how if I took a city and put in some roads, how it would work. I like it because it makes my brain think. Urban planners can make it so they don’t put oil refineries next to residential areas because that’s not a very nice place to live then. When I grow up, I want to be either an urban planner or someone who works with music — or both!