Shape & Size
SHAPE & SIZE
WHY DO WE NEED THE DATA?
The shape and size of buildings often define a city; think of the skyscrapers of New York; the low, flat-roofed buildings of Cairo, and the spires of Oxford. London is characterised by the richness, and diversity, in age and form of its building stock; from its elegant Georgian squares and adaptable Victorian terraces, to its imposing religious and industrial heritage, iconic modern commercial buildings, and vibrant streets of small shops.
The size, shape and geometry of a city's buildings, and the way in which a city's buildings are packed together, will also affect how efficiently it operates, and the ease with which greenhouse gas emissions, pollution and the build-up of urban heat can be controlled. Data on these characteristics are also relevant to many other areas of urban research, from predicting housing capacity and identifying areas suitable for densification, to observing (within urban science and urban morphology) long-term patterns of change within urban form.
TYPES & TIPS
Some of the categories of information we are collecting are relatively easy to fill in. For example for building 'Storeys' you just need to know the number of floors. For some of the harder data categories we'd be grateful for help from the construction and property industry.
Colouring London is an open data platform and we can only accept data from unrestricted sources. Just use first-hand knowledge of the building wherever possible, or, check your source is open and free for third party use.