"Pop-up public space" provides 3D lab for urban design

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Eugenio Gastelum (left) with Pontus Westerberg at Habitat III Village.  UN Photo/Matt Wells

"Pop-up public spaces" combined with what have been described as "democratic three-dimensional tools" are proving an effective way to engage poor communities in urban design.

That's the view of Pontus Westerberg, of UN-Habitat, the UN programme for sustainable cities.

He is the manager of the Block by Block initiative, a collaboration between UN- Habitat and the makers of the videogame Minecraft.

His team created a so-called pop-up venue in a large park in the Ecuadorian capital Quito, just outside the venue of the recent Habitat III conference on the future of world cities.

Matthew Wells went along to take a look.

Duration: 3'53"

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