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Colouring London is a prototype for Colouring Cities open databases and knowledge sharing platforms built by and for those using, creating, managing, monitoring buildings and those undertaking research into the building stock. Whether you're a resident able to colour in information for just one building, or a specialist society or government body providing datasets for the city as a whole, your contribution is greatly appreciated. Each entry will support research into open tools that help us make our cities more sustainable. 


Colouring London and the Colouring Cities Research Programme have been managed by the AlanTuring Institute, since September  2020 as part of its Urban Analytics Programme. The project is run by a small multidisciplinary team, and links into local, national and international networks which bring together expertise in local areas, software engineering, data science, architecture, building conservation and history, graphic design, open data, colour, and the development of community-led collaborative maintenance tools designed to improve the quality of the building stock.


Our core UK partners are the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London, where the project was initiated in 2016; Ordnance Survey, the UK's national mapping agency, which supplies our base maps, building footprints and technical advice; the Greater London Authority which permits use of its mapping licence, and Historic England which has provided significant assistance during the first development stage. We also work closely with the University of Oxford on technical oversight, and with Loughborough University (School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering) on international partnerships, UK rollout and planning features.

The project has received core funding support from The Alan Turing Institute, and from AI for Science and Government, Historic England, The Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UCL Innovation and Enterprise, The MacArthur Foundation and The Geospatial Commission (Cabinet Office) & Innovate UK.

We also work with internationally funded partners, as part of our Colouring Cities Research Programme

Alan Baxter Associates; Alan Turing Institute Computer Vision and Digital Heritage Special Interest Group; Alan Turing Institute Data Ethics Group. Better Archway        Forum; British Architectural Library;
The Building Exploratory; The Building
Research Establishment Trust; Camden School for Girls; the 
Centre for Metropolitan Studies;  Centre for Digital Built Britain (University of Cambridge), the Institute for Historical Research; Layers of London; Just Space; London Metropolitan Archive; Museum of London Archaeology; Pevsner Guides; Somers Town Neighbourhood Forum; Somers Town History ClubLeibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and  Regional

Development;  the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea; the City of Westminster;  VUCITY; The Greater London Authority; The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Digital; The Geospatial Commission; Historic England; The American University of Beirut; The University of Bahrain; The University of New South Wales; The Technical University of Athens, EMPA, Switzerland, London 1840, University College London (Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spaial Analysis, UCL Energy Institute, UCL Institute of Environmental Design and Engineering,  Bartlett School of Planning, Bartlett Institute of Sustainable Heritage, Bartlett Survey of London, UCL Faculty of Engineering Science STEaPP; Dept of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic  Engineering; Dept of Geography ExCiteS; ; UCL Archaeology; UCL Innovation and Enterprise), National Library of Scotland,



Our thanks go to the many UK

organisations, and government and academic departments  

providing time, encouragement, and ideas on

content, since 2016. Our advisors and collaborators include Historic England, Ordnance Survey, the GLA, The Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis/The Bartlett UCL, The Centre for Digital Built Britain, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, The Royal Institute of British Architects & The British Architectural Library, The Building Research Establishment, The Survey of London/UCL, Layers of London and the Victoria County Histories/The Institute for Historic Research, The Victorian Society, The Georgian Group, The Institute of Historic Building and Conservation (IHBC), The Pevsner Guides/Yale University Press, The Association for Studies in the Conservation and Historic Buildings (ASCHB), The National Library of Scotland, 


Our international partners are: The American University of Beirut (Colouring Lebanon); The University of Bahrain & the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (Colouring Bahrain); The University of New South Wales, City Futures Research Centre (Colouring Australia); The National Technical University of Athens (Colouring Greece); The Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development (Colouring Germany); King’s College London, & Institut Teknologi Bandung (Colouring Indonesia), The Universidad Distrital "Francisco José de Caldas", Faculty of Engineering (Colouring Colombia),  and  Mälardalen University , School of Business, Society & Engineering, Dept of Energy, Building & Environment (Colouring Sweden).


Dr Martin Austwick, Dr Elsa Arcaute,

Professor Mike Batty, Alan Baxter, Jane Botros, Professor Maria Brovelli, Kate Calvert, Jonathan Clarke, Stephen Coley, Sonja Curtis, Jamie Denholm, Malcolm Dickson, Professor Michael Edwards,

Seif El Rashidi, Dr Clare Ellul, Steve Evans, Christopher Fleet, Dr Kalliopi Fouseki, Emily Gee,

Dr Gill Grayson, Peter Guillery, Siobhan Hackett, Dr Duncan Hay, Tarn Hamilton, Dr Robert Hecht, Dr Hendrik Herold, Paul Hodgson, Rollo Home, Professor Andrew Hudson-Smith, Dominic Humphrey, Louis Jobst, Ken Kent, Dr Stephen Law, Dr Rob Liddiard, Dining Liu, Maciej Ziarkowski, Dr Anna Mavrogianni, Jeremy Morley, Nigel Packer, Dr Katherine MacDonough, Dr Panos Mavros, Dr Falli Palaiologou, Helen Pineo, Dr Deborah Pullen, Patrick Rickles, Dr Flora Roumpani, Dr Kate Roach, Melda Salhab, Jonathan Schifferes, Amy Smith, Professor Philip Steadman, Roger Thomas, Dr Michael Veale, Petra Wade, Nigel Walley, Josie Warden.


Special thanks go to the following individuals

who provided exceptional support,

encouragement and assistance to

Colouring London during its first development phase at UCL

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