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. 

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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 which combines expertise in software engineering, data science, architecture, building conservation and history, graphic design, open data, and the development of community-led collaborative maintenance tools designed to improve the quality of the building stock.

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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.

The project has received funding support from The Alan Turing Institute, 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 across six countries as part of our international 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

organisations, and government and academic departments  

providing time, encouragement, and ideas on

content, since 2016.

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Our education partners provide free access to high quality resources, for schools and/or the general public, on London and its buildings.   


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 have provided exceptional support, ideas,

encouragement and assistance to

Colouring London during its first development phase.