- To give an understanding of how different groups of people interact with buildings in a public space.
- To give students experience with administrating / running a design - and production process.
- That students have focus on architecture worthy of preservation and are able to see the qualities in a building.
The starting point of this chapter is an existing building from the old part of Newtown.
The assignment is to restore the building, so that the outer walls are kept intact, but the building is outfitted with new facilities, such as shops, offices or other functions. The main criteria is that the new building is to create a living urban space in all 24 hours of the day.
When designing their house, students must take the following into consideration:
- It must be multifunctional, i.e. it must cater to the needs of different groups of people, both the interior and the exterior.
- The exterior of the building must include public amenities such as playgrounds, benches or restrooms.
- The exterior must activate its surroundings; it should be interesting to be around the building
A point to be made before entering this building assignment is how construction takes place in real life and how the students workflow differs from real world construction. Even though building in Minecraft can represent a real world construction project well, the main difference is that Minecraft lets the player reiterate on what has been built. A real world construction does not allow this - but when working in Minecraft, we are given a tool for “spatial sketching”.