Exploring Architecture with Minecraft

There are two videos to choose from to learn about architecture through Minecraft.

The first one does not require reading; the second one has subtitles to read. They both offer varied and valuable information. Feel free to watch one or both! 

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to test your understanding by taking the quiz!

Any student who wants to dig deeper, try your hand at building one (or as many as you want) in the activities below. This does require some knowledge of Minecraft that is not covered in this block.

Take A Deeper Dive!

Activities

MODERNIST ARCHITECTURE

Watch one or both of these videos of modernist architectural buildings made in Minecraft.

Then create your own building. Some of the things you may wish to include to make your building modern are:

  • Flat roofs
  • Clean cut lines
  • Concrete walls
  • Steel frames
  • Many windows
  • Not too many embellishments
  • Neutral or white color palette

You can choose to record a tour of your building or screenshot some photos of different angles and rooms to share your creation. Upload them to your portfolio.

ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE

Watch one or both of these videos of Islamic architectural buildings made in Minecraft.

Then create your own building. Some of the things you may wish to include to make your building imitate Islamic architecture are:

  • 1 or more Qubba (Dome)
  • Minarets (Tower)
  • Sahn (Courtyard)
  • Pointed Arch

You can choose to record a tour of your building or screenshot some photos of different angles and rooms to share your creation. Upload them to your portfolio.

MEDIEVAL ARCHITECTURE

Watch this video of a medieval architectural building made in Minecraft.

Then create your own building. Some of the things you may wish to include to make your building medieval are:

  • High, rounded arches
  • Stained glass windows
  • High vaulted ceilings

You can choose to record a tour of your building or screenshot some photos of different angles and rooms to share your creation. Upload them to your portfolio.

ASIAN ARCHITECTURE

Watch one or both of these videos of Asian architectural buildings made in Minecraft.

Then create your own building. Some of the things you may wish to include to replicate Asian style architecture are:

  • Mainly made of wood
  • Auspicious colors (red is popular, as is green) 
  • Usually one or two stories high
  • Symmetrical- often with one main building and one small building on each side. 

You can choose to record a tour of your building or screenshot some photos of different angles and rooms to share your creation. Upload them to your portfolio.

CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE

Watch one or both of these videos of classical architectural buildings made in Minecraft.

Then create your own building. Some of the things you may wish to include to make your building classical are:

  • Symmetry (same on both sides)
  • Columns
  • Rectangular windows
  • Mainly made of marble or another attractive, durable stone

You can choose to record a tour of your building or screenshot some photos of different angles and rooms to share your creation. Upload them to your portfolio.

Advanced Projects

Choose at least one.

Create a Timeline of Architectural Buildings

Ancient Architecture to Modern Architecture: What was in between?

Research the types of architecture throughout history.

Make prototypes of the buildings and place them in chronological order. You can choose to either build them in order next to each other directly in Minecraft, or build them in separate worlds and order their photos/videos in chronological order in a presentation or video. Include dates and any relevant information for each type of architecture. 

Upload your timeline to your portfolio.

Make A Tutorial

Perfect your favorite building and then record yourself making a tutorial explaining how to do it. Follow the example of the videos above. Include details:

  • Which blocks to use
  • How many of each
  • Where each block goes
  • Patterns to follow

Upload your video to your portfolio.

Books

Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library.

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