To help consumers become more aware of issues surrounding sustainable growth and building development, architect Jose Sanchez has put together a video game with the educational theme surrounding ecological urban growth. The game, called Block'hood, allows consumers of all age groups to experiment with virtual building and designing of cities in a vertical layout.
While Block'hood might remind some of the famed city planning game SimCity, the Block'hood differs in the style of building. Rather than designing cities based on wide-spread growth, Block'hood tackles the relevant issue of space, and encourages players to build urban blocks vertically. The resources available for users to build are also realistic, drawing on the idea that resources are finite. Users only have so much to pull from when putting their cities together, making the game a realistic and educational way to explore sustainable development.