As well as building on our code, Colouring Cities partners also work with us to share and test new approaches to building data generation, verification, dissemination and application, and to analysis and modelling. Our collective aim is to stimulate a rapid increase in the volume, detail, variety and quality of open spatial data available for cities, at building scale, in a way that supports research into stock composition, performance and dynamic behaviour, widens public participation, promotes citizen science and
Research questions of particular interest include: What kinds of buildings make up cities' stocks - number, typology, age, use, size etc? How quickly is change occurring, what is being lost, what are predicted lifespans of age cohorts and is there capacity for these to expand and adapt in a sustainable way? How useful can Colouring Cities platforms be in tracking performance, reducing energy and waste flows, targeting retrofit, and improving housing quality? Could longitudinal data, collected by platforms, be used to identify specific types of building form and urban tissue more vulnerable than others to demolition, and/or more likely to be associated with high levels of deprivation, poor health and mortality? Is there a correlation between building age diversity, adaptability of building form, citizen well-being and economic success? Do universal spatiotemporal 'rules' of dynamic behaviour exist for stocks, and if so could these be used in new types of simulation model, to more accurately forecast long-term impacts of proposed interventions and policies?
The first country to reproduce Colouring London's open code was Lebanon. In 2018 Coloring Beirut was set up by the The American University of Beirut's Urban Lab, working in collaboration with the National Center for Remote Sensing (CNRS) of the Conseil National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS-Lebanon).
In early 2020 the University of Bahrain's Urban and Housing Lab began exploratory work on Colouring Bahrain, with a view to generating open data on the country's stock as a whole. Our partners in Bahrain and Lebanon are also working collaboratively to look at ways to support other research institutions in the Middle East wishing to develop Colouring City platforms.