Minecraft World Contains A Full-Size Replica Of Manhattan

Minecraft World Contains A Full-Size Replica Of Manhattan

Student is building one of the most intricate structures the indie game has seen.

Lara Piras
  • 7 march 2014

Computer science PhD student Christopher Mitchell is developing a 1:1 replica of Manhattan in Minecraft, the open world game that first took the world by storm back in 2009. Since it’s launch there’s been an impressive array of scale models made such as the USS Enterprise, the Taj Mahal, and the underwater city Rapture.


Now Mitchell aims to beat those ideas by creating a whole city model, which, according the gaming know-alls is a colossal task. Mitchell aims to recreate each and every individual building on the Manhattan map. Built as part of a larger system named “SparseWorld,” the replica includes 71 billion cubic meters of information. Mitchell explains that the system, written in programming language Python includes “orthoimagery, bathyspheric, and elevation data from the USGS EROS service, and 3D buildings from Google’s 3D Warehouse.” In the case of Manhattan, it’s going to take a server cluster with 300 cores and 200GB of RAM. That’s a whole lot of memory and space for one singular project.


Completing the project is a task within itself. Mitchell explains, “Completion is reliant on getting models for every building on every street, and to my knowledge, only Google has that much information.” Accessing this data is going to be his main obstacle as it’s under license and encrypted.

Once he’s overcome these difficulties, Mitchell hopes to complete the project to show just how far computing has come.

Follow his progression via his Twitter.


Images, Sources:




Dubai And The Future Of Humanitarian Design

Design & Architecture
Design & Architecture Today

3D-Printed Creations Resemble Floating Paper Outlines

Japanese design firm Nendo's exhibition features works that look like sheets of material being folded, torn, and crumpled

Technology october 21, 2016

Concept Camera Designed To Only Take Unique Photos

Camera Restricta is tool that prompts photographers to only capture one-of-a-kind images


Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Technology october 21, 2016

Fragrance Will Release The Smell Of Data If Your Private Information Is Being Leaked

The device is designed to create a physical cue for the potential dangers lurking online

Related Expert

Emily Pilloton

Social Innovation Pioneer

Gaming & Play october 21, 2016

Nintendo’s New Console Pushes For Portable Gaming

The Switch allows gamers to seamlessly play on the go by themselves or with friends

Travel october 21, 2016

Become A Citizen Of The First Nation In Space

Asgardia is a new concept for a floating society above Earth

Entertainment october 21, 2016

Speaker Displays Song Lyrics As Music Is Played

The device is able to generate the graphics on a translucent screen and retrieve the words from a connected database


Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry

PSFK Op-Ed october 20, 2016

Wearable Tech Expert: Designing Technology To Empower Connection To Ourselves

Billie Whitehouse, Founder of Wearable Experiments, shares her new vision for the quantified self

PSFK Labs october 21, 2016

PSFK Picks: Top 5 Performance-Enhancing Wearables

Our new report looks at innovations pioneering the future of performance through intelligent activewear and predictive analytics

AI october 21, 2016

Travel Assistant Scans Your Emails To Make Planning Easier

This AI add-on will sync with your inbox and sends reminders to make sure you don't miss anything important

Millennials october 21, 2016

FOMO Survival Kit Helps Millennials Cope With Social Anxieties

The satirical product is meant to be a playful diversion for people who feel like they are missing out

Food october 21, 2016

New York Restaurant Uses Tomato Sushi As Its Newest Meat Alternative

fresh&co is using sous vide Roma tomatoes to create a vegan option that has the texture and taste of tuna

Advertising october 21, 2016

Red Bull Converts Sao Paulo Payphones Into Data-Driven Bus Schedules

The booths allow city residents to check local transit times through a simple toll-free phone call

Work october 21, 2016

Health Expert: Nutritional Meal Replacements Are A Solution To Corporate Wellness

Ample Foods Founder Connor Young explains why supplements are the next food trend coming to the workplace

Retail october 21, 2016

Why Experiential Events Could Replace Trade Shows

Marketers are seeking creative and impactful new ways to connect with influencers

Children october 21, 2016

Modular Kit Teaches Kids How To Make Their Own Robots

MODI features magnetic modules and a platform for programming to encourage experimentation

Infants october 21, 2016

Work Table Doubles As A Baby Seat

Designer Kunsik Choi created the furniture to facilitate emotional communication between between parents and their children

No search results found.