Department of Culture and Learning

Doing Data Together - how to make Humanistic Sensibilities Count in Data-Driven Planning

about the project

The talent project "Doing Data Together - how to make Humanistic Sensibilities Count in Data-Driven Planning" is focused on city planning, because the way we develop our cities have huge consequences for how we live together in an increasingly urbanized world. City planning is currently developed in a smart city paradigm where new forms of data and representational techniques shape the way the city is imagined by decision-makers. However, such techniques are often developed with reference to the so-called ‘Internet of Things’. This means that the city of often portrayed as a space where material things can move around in more or less efficient ways. The consequence being that the good city is often thought of as a city of efficient flows.

Humanistic approaches to city planning have traditionally opposed this way of representing and conceptualizing a city. For instance, urban anthropology has emphasized the importance of understanding local relations and places when making strategies for city planning. Such situated insights into city life have often been achieved through qualitative methods such as interviews and observations. Accordingly, it is not obvious how such theories of the city can fit into the data-intensive paradigm of the smart city. The core of my project is a collaboration with GEHL where I use digital methods to invent city-metrics inspired this humanistic tradition.


Principal investigator, Anders Koed Madsen

A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, A, NIL
2450 København SV

Phone: +45 6128 7747