How kids can help design cities- Mara Mintzer
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One of these projects is “Block by Block,” a program initiated by the UN in 2012 together with Microsoft and the developers of the computer game Minecraft.
As cities have soared higher and higher, some have ignored street-level life – an essential component for residents to build relationships to each other and their surroundings. By literally taking it down to a child’s level, people can increase the intensity of urban interconnectedness, and strengthen the fabric of a good quality of life.
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