Will they be wired differently?
I tend to stay away from computer games – I don’t have time to play them and I wouldn’t want to risk getting addicted!
But I couldn’t help being intrigued when an architect friend told me about Minecraft.
If you have younger children than I do – mine are all but grown up – then you might already be very familiar with this game.
Everything in Minecraft is made out of small square blocks, giving the environment an almost Lego-esque feel.
You have a choice of materials to build with, and you can build as high as you like. Children tend to like building in “survival mode” where you need to mine for materials and remember to eat.
But grown-ups, especially architects, tend to stick to “creative mode” where materials are abundant and there are few limits as to what you can build.
It’s an amazing tool for sparking creativity and spatial visualisation skills in youngsters. I can’t help thinking that by building in an environment that you can walk around in and view from every angle, today’s children are going to end up with brains wired differently to ours. I wonder how that will impact on what the architects of the future will come up with?
Right now, though, there are plenty of architects who are going to town on Minecraft (please excuse the pun).
From futuristic cities and completely sustainable communities to 1930s New York and a vision of the mythical Atlantis, people have created some amazing Minecraft worlds.
But I think one of the most fascinating things about Minecraft is the way it ended up in the hands of Microsoft.
Back in 2014, the original creator, Markus Persson, CEO of Mojang, sent out one tweet saying he was exhausted and fed up and wanted to “move on with his life”.
He found dealing with the demands of the Minecraft community overwhelming.
Microsoft was paying attention, and they gave Persson a call to ask if he was serious. He sold Minecraft to them for $2.5 billion (£1.56 billion).
£1.56 billion is quite something for a 3D pixelated world, don’t you think?
Now I can’t help you to sell your business for billions, but if you need the assistance of a structural engineer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.