Minecraft landscaping

Valorizing landscaping trades to young people is a crucial issue for the sector and landscaping businesses use all their imagination to get them interested. In June 2021, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) launched a pilot project – a landscaping design competition for high-school pupils inserted into the Minecraft video game. A daring bet – which worked!


Using the video game to get off the beaten track… and build other paths

Launched on June 12, 2021, this contest shows that ASLA understands youngsters very well. Rather than using conventional media, ASLA used the video game as a fun teaching tool to create vocations as landscape designers.

Minecraft, a famous video construction game, in which players have a great deal of freedom, is a true revolution in the video game universe, so much so that it has become the best-selling game ever. Players enter a system composed of blocks which they can cut, create and destroy, allowing them to build an infinite number of structures in collaboration with other players. A tool quite like the 3D software used by professional landscapers!

Its benefits as a teaching tool are such that today many schools use an educational version of Minecraft. Still more surprising, in 2012, the UNO introduced the Block by Block Foundation program to help communities transform their neglected urban spaces using Minecraft as a design tool.

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Understanding the challenges of a public park via a competition on Minecraft

Minecraft is an ideal vector for this landscape architecture competition during which students were asked to:

  1. Choose a public park in their city.
  2. Identify a problem in the existing landscaping.
  3. Invent new solutions with help from ASLA professionals
  4. Create and test the new installation in Minecraft.

In this Minecraft competition, ASLA promotes landscaping through concepts related to the green city: landscape design, climatic impact, rain water management, etc.

Landscape architecture so often starts with drawings on papers and can evolve into modeling. I found that Minecraft is a hybrid of those two ideas; it’s abstract enough to communicate ideas and forms, but refined enough to develop and create entire worlds.

— Jeff Holzer, ASLA

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Re-landscaping Miami’s Concord Park was voted the best project

DASH (Design & Architecture Senior High School) won first place with its landscape design for Concord Park, which currently only proposes one vast walking space and little leisure equipment.


Aerial view of the Concord Park



Landscaping project from the DASH high school


The Concord Park by night

The high-school pupils imagined and created in Minecraft a car park, sports grounds, cycle paths and a refreshing water garden. They also added a play area around a tree house and a space dedicated to barbecues. Very close attention was paid to the park lighting which could be tested directly in the Minecraft version. All information about this landscape design competition is available on the ASLA website.

Thanks to this competition on Minecraft, high-school pupils explored the latest concepts in sustainable urbanism such as urban lighting or the importance of cool spots. For one whole week they became landscape designers, a job they had never thought about before. New recruits in the offing!


© Crédits photos : Park university

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There is no denying the popularity of Minecraft, in 2020 there were 126 million players across Xbox, Playstation & Nintendo Switch*!

Anyway, we thought we’d take our gardening passions into the virtual world, so Whatshed is seeking to recruit a collective of virtual landscape gardeners to provide professional advice to players looking to improve their in-game outdoor space. 

Key skills required

  • A working knowledge of Minecraft is essential 
  • Strong communication skills
  • Creative flare 
  • Confidence in remote working 
  • While not essential, previous experience in landscape gardening is beneficial. A passion for gardening/the outdoors must also be demonstrated. 

Responsibilities

  • Evaluate a client’s current set up and provide creative feedback 
  • Provide clients with suggested setups that stay within their budget and explain the reasoning behind each of these choices
  • Create multiple designs for each client should they desire a redesign in the future

Benefits

  • Remote working
  • Gain valuable experience talking to clients and experimenting with different styles
  • Get paid to play Minecraft

Successful consultants will get paid upwards of £50 an hour for their services when hired, but will be able to set their own rates and work flexibly. 

If this still sounds like the dream role for you, please fill in the form below:

UPDATE: Thank you for your interest in this position. We’re experiencing an unprecedented level of applications and as such will only be able to contact successful applicants after the closing date on 16th April. It will take us a few weeks to go through everyone’s application fairly so please do bear with us during this time. Good luck, and thank you again!

Please note: we will be unable to respond to all applicants.

Looking to hire a Minecraft landscape gardener? Register your interest with this form.

 

Source

*https://www.statista.com/statistics/680139/minecraft-active-players-worldwide

Sours: https://whatshed.co.uk/virtual-landscape-gardener-in-minecraft/
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British Website Wants To Hire Virtual 'Minecraft' Gardener

SCOTT DETROW, BYLINE: Good morning. I'm Scott Detrow. Every garden needs a little landscaping love, even the virtual kind made in the video game "Minecraft." That's why the British website WhatShed is looking to hire a "Minecraft" gardening consultant - pays up to $70 an hour. The consultant would help players design their virtual gardens. Previous gardening experience is beneficial but not essential. A creative flair is a must. And parents say video games are a waste of time. It's MORNING EDITION.

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Real-life Minecraft landscape job is getting tonnes of applications from children

A UK gardening publication keeps receiving job 'applications' from children for a Minecraft-related listing.

As spotted by PC Gamer, Whatshed.co.uk is hiring for a Minecraft Virtual Landscape Gardener "to provide professional advice to players looking to improve their in-game outdoor space." The ideal candidate needs a working knowledge of Minecraft and plenty of "creative flair," and would benefit from having previous experience in real-life landscape gardening. Perks include pay of more than £50 an hour, and the ability to play Minecraft as your actual, real job.

Beneath the listing are comments from people flexing both their Minecraft and real-life qualifications, boasting of everything from a decade of in-game experience to surprisingly relevant real-life qualifications. Mixed in with the adults, however, would appear to be a large number of children. One commenter claims to be a 14-year-old "who has built many cities," and is also "very friendly." Another says they've been playing Minecraft "everyday since I was 7" - quite the achievement for a ten-year-old. 

My favourite comment comes from Nick, who is 12, and implies that they'd need to fit their burgeoning virtual-landscaping career around their schoolwork, stating that "I can work on weekends/6-7 on weekdays." The minimum work age in the UK is 13, so some of these kids might technically be allowed to supplement their allowances with a little gardening work on the side, but it seems unlikely that WhatShed will be looking to add a legion of teens to its ranks.

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Landscaping minecraft

Winning design created by high school students from the Design and Architecture Senior High School (DASH) in Miami, Florida. Photo: Park University.

On Saturday, June 12, ASLA piloted its first Minecraft Design Challenge for high school students. Minecraft is a video game that has attracted avid gamers around the world. Developed by Mojang, Minecraft requires players to design and break apart a variety of blocks in three-dimensional worlds to create living and community spaces and structures. Microsoft designed a Minecraft Education Edition in 2016, which is used now by school communities around the world. The United Nations also collaborated with Mojang and The Block by Block Foundation to engage communities globally in the design of public spaces.

Witness how a group of children in the Republic of Kosovo used Minecraft and collaborated with landscape architects and planners  to transform a neglected urban space into a vibrant neighborhood park. 

ASLA Minecraft Design Competition Pilot

ASLA has found Minecraft is a highly effective tool to introducing students to landscape architecture. The competition provided a unique opportunity for students to learn about ASLA’s mission areas, including green infrastructure, equity in design, climate resilience, transportation for all, water and stormwater, and parks and recreation. Most importantly, the competition positioned students to explore design solutions and a career in landscape architecture.

The pilot for ASLA’s Minecraft design competition included diverse students from Phelps School of Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (Washington, D.C.), DASH - Design and Architecture Senior High School (Miami, Florida) and The Urban Assembly School For Green Career (New York, New York).

Developed by the design team from Park University, the challenge invited teams of Minecraft experts to compete around the design and build of a local park.

Teams were tasked with:

  • Selecting a park to redesign in their local city
  • Identifying a problem with the current park design
  • Collaborating with their team members and ASLA mentors to brainstorm ideas and explore landscape architecture principles
  • Creating a plan to build their redesigned park and
  • Translating the redesigned park using Minecraft materials

After a week of orientations and planning meetings with ASLA mentors, student designers grabbed their pick axes and spent five hours building their dream designs using the java edition of Minecraft. Volunteer mentors included Megan Barnes, ASLA, Jeff Holzer, ASLA, and Jennifer Nitzky, ASLA. The competition ended with student presentations, focus group discussions, and a period of judging by Brad Bartell, ASLA and Nicole Plunkett, ASLA. 

Teams were evaluated on a ten-point scale based on the criteria below:

  • Does the proposed design solve the problem the team identified? 
  • Does the team consider community and environmental needs? 
  • Does the team make effective use of outdoor space? 
  • Does the design show creativity and have a clean look and feel? 
  • Is the design structurally sound? 
  • Has the team added any innovative or new features to help the design be successful?

Competition Winners

Students from DASH - Design and Architecture Senior High School (Miami, Florida) won first place for their redesign of Concord Park in Miami. Phelps School of Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (Washington, D.C.) won second place, and The Urban Assembly School For Green Career (New York, New York) won third place. Monetary awards were made to each school and gift cards were awarded to all participating students, sponsored by the ASLA Fund.

The DASH student team designed and built a variety of recreational spaces, including a soccer field, basketball courts, walking and biking paths, a cooling garden, grilling stations, a playground area with a tree house and nearby restrooms, and a parking lot. Dedicated lighting was also placed strategically throughout the park.

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Above: Google aerial shot of Concord Park. Below: DASH student redesign of Concord Park. | Photo: Park University

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Above: outdoor cooking stations. Below: fountain in cooling garden. | DASH student design. Photo: Park University


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Nighttime aerial view lit views of the redesigned Concord Park with dedicated lighting. | DASH student design. Photo: Park University

New Explorations in ASLA Career Discovery and Diversity

"I advocated for Minecraft above other gaming platforms, because there are clear and direct connections between the game and the work of landscape architecture. As we increase our national and local engagement with K-12 students and K-12 educator audiences, it is critical that we explore new tools and re-envision traditional learning strategies," said Lisa J. Jennings, ASLA manager of career discovery and diversity. "In doing so, we’ll gain new insights, perspectives, and approaches to outreach education while inching toward our shared goal to recruit students to the profession and further innovate the work of landscape architects. The recent Minecraft design competition is just the beginning of ASLA’s efforts to step outside the box to attract and retain the next generation of diverse landscape architects."

ASLA encourages members to attend ASLA’s first PreK-12 Summit Dream Big with Design, A Showcase of Landscape Architecture in September and discover ways chapters can build on the experience.

About the Park University Design Team

Susan Keim is an Assistant Professor in the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs at Park University. Her areas of expertise are citizen engagement, community development, leadership and followership, local government, public policy, and gamification. In addition, she facilitates community strategic planning, leadership, development, and team building for governments, businesses and nonprofits throughout the country. She is a Kansas Jayhawk through and through, receiving her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Public Administration, and PhD from the University of Kansas.

Zac Jarrard is a project manager in information technology services and a professional tutor for the Academic Success Center at Park University. He holds a Master of Science, a Master of Public Administration, and a Master of Business Administration from Park University. His research interests include gamification, innovation, and project management. Zac is a gamification, artificial intelligence, and innovation leader at Park University. He is also an Eagle Scout who aspires to make the world a better place for everyone.

Rashad Mahyaddinli is a graduate assistant in the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs at Park University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from Baku Engineering University in Azerbaijan and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration at Park University. He completed an internship as a teaching assistant of International Business Simulation course in Germany at University of Applied Sciences Koblenz. Rashad’s research interests are not only finance related topics but also using cutting-edge technology and gamification to deliver courses. His research in “Perspectives of non-oil economy in Azerbaijan” was granted by Pasha Bank in 2019.

Read more about Zac Jarrard and Dr. Susan Keim’s research on gamification and design 

"Building Cities and Fighting Monsters: Park University's Minecraft Journey", Minecraft: Education Edition, February 19, 2020. 

"Building Communities, Pirate Ships, and Raining Chickens: Park University’s Minecraft Camp Experience", Minecraft: Education Edition, September 4, 2020. 

“Board Games, Zombies, and Minecraft: Gamification and Higher Education” by Susan Keim and Zac Jarrard in Current and Prospective Applications of Virtual Reality in Higher Education. 2021. Choi, Donna, Dailey-Hebert, Amber, and Estes, Judi Simmons, editors. IGI Global, Hershey, PA. 

Please direct questions about ASLA Career Discovery and Diversity to Lisa J. Jennings, Manager at [email protected]

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UK business is looking to hire virtual landscapers to spruce up Minecraft

WhatShed, which calls itself the largest independent buyers guide for garden buildings in the UK, is looking for virtual landscape gardeners to expand their "gardening passions" to the virtual world and "provide professional advice to players looking to improve their in-game outdoor space," according to the job description.
Applicants should be passionate about gardening and Minecraft and have creative flare. As an added bonus, the job is remote, so applicants do not have to live in the UK to be qualified.
"Successful consultants will get paid upwards of £50 ($70 US) an hour for their services when hired but will be able to set their own rates and work flexibly," the listing says.
In addition to the job listing, WhatShed is also looking for clients interested in having a virtual landscaper come "work" on their virtual gardens.
The consultations will last about an hour and clients will be able to contact the same landscaper again if they want to change the design or layout.
The listing does not specify when candidates will be chosen or how long the listing will be up, but the company did note that they would not be responding to every application.
Sours: https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/13/us/virtual-minecraft-gardener-job-trnd/index.html

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Minecraft Players Can Now Apply for a Job With a UK Landscaping Site

Minecraftplayers who consider themselves experts when it comes to gardening are being given a chance to prove it. One UK company, apparently knowing just how popular Minecraft is, wants to put a few of its top players to work.

A UK garden shed review site called WhatShed is expanding into Minecraft. The company wants to start working with virtual garden sheds in the game. In order to make the move as smoothly as possible, it is looking to hire a seasoned veteran for the sandbox building title.

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The company recently posted an ad on its site saying it's looking for several virtual landscape gardeners. Players who are looking to spruce up their Minecraft seeds with the help of active players could then contact these virtual gardeners for help.

For those who think this might not be that serious a job, WhatShed lays out several requirements for those interested in the opportunity. The company is charging clients for whatever its employees build inside Minecraft. Because of that, the firm says its virtual landscapers need to be able to stick to the client's budget while also offering several different options for what the final product might look like. The company added in the posting that the reason behind giving clients several options is so customers will be encouraged to come back.

WhatShed's job listing says people who want to qualify for the job are going to need to be well versed in all the mechanics that Minecraft offers. The company also wants someone who can easily demonstrate a bit of creativity and flexibility. It would also be helpful if any applicant has a firm grasp of real-world gardening and landscaping, according to the listing. Those who might be interested in the job can take heart that they don't need to be located in the UK. Because WhatShed understands that work can be done inside Minecraft from anywhere in the world, whoever gets a virtual landscaping job can work remotely.

The lucky landscaper who gets hired will be paid the US equivalent of about $70 an hour for their work when they start, but once they've become established and shown they can do a good job, they'll be able to set their own rates. Employees will also be able to show off their work to other people without them having to come into their own private worlds. The company has not said when it will decide on the final hires, or whether it has lined up clients ahead of time.

Minecraft is available on Mobile, PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.

MORE: Minecraft Is the Most-Viewed Game on YouTube by a Significant Margin

Source: WhatShed

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