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In Gaza, citizens are imagining what public spaces could be, and then actually building them.

Lauren Kelly reports on the use of Minecraft as a tool for rethinking spaces. What was interesting was the fact that Minecraft was used to bring people together collaboratively, which was seemingly more important than the limitations of the block-based designs.

What the group concluded was that protective measures were a priority. “We discussed safety a lot,” Hamdan said. “Me and my friends feel scared to leave the house alone. The threat of sexual assault is too much.” (Around 51% of women in Gaza are victims of gender-based violence.) They needed lighting, fencing, security (including a guard), and a separate area for women and families. “The fence was my input,” Ghada said.