Divisual day on Social Inclusion

A Divisual day on Social Inclusion

​On the 27th of September 2017 DIVISUAL organized a full day workshop for students in the master course Design and Planning for Social Inclusion in Hammarkullen. DIVISUAL is a research group formed by researchers at Chalmers, GU and SLU. It stands for Dialogue and Visualization for Urban Transformation. The scope of the group is to integrate research on citizen and actor dialogue with digital visualization, geographical information systems (GIS), augmented reality, games, and other digital tools, all of these taking place in processes of urban transformation.

The aim of the day working with the master students was to give them the possibility to test some of the tools we use in and for research together with inhabitants in Hammarkullen in a learning-by-doing process. The students were also to reflect on the usability of these tools for codesign of urban transformation with local actors. The main task for the students was to discuss How can Hammarkullen become more sustainable by adding qualities and taking care of problems? The tools they tested were:
•    GIS Pro (garafa.com)
•    Maptionnaire (maptionnaire.com)
•    GIS maps (developed through general GIS software)
•    Urban Cobuilder (an Android app developed at Chalmers)
Jenny Stenberg, Jaan-Henrik Kain, Liane Thuvander, Marco Adelfio and Hyekyung Imottesjo presented the tools and the research projects in which the tools are used in right now.  Other members of DIVISUAL include Monica Billger, Jennifer McConville and Beata Stahre Wästberg.
The students were taught how to use the tools and how to carry out their investigations outdoor with inhabitants. The master students were also invited to link to DIVISUAL research in their education – during this course or later on.
GIS Pro is an app for mobile devices where you can map your surroundings in different ways. Maptionnaire is a web-based, geo-referenced questionnaire tool for mapping people’s preferences. For both tools the students’ task was to ask inhabitants to mark places and routes they like and don’t like. The answers automatically aggregate in databases and can quite quickly be analyzed.
The test of GIS maps as dialogue tool was carried out by visualizing certain statistics about Gothenburg. The students were given GIS maps with three aspects: number of cars, income levels and ethnic diversity. Based on these maps they then communicated with inhabitants regarding sustainability.
Urban Cobuilder is a prototype app for collaborative urban and architectural design supported through augmented reality, where the users can see the site through the mobile phone and build with virtual cubes that together form a building on site.
Afterwards the students presented their results, compared the tools, and discussed with the researchers the usability of the tools and the potential needs for development of them.
For more information about the research group see www.divisual.se 

DIVISUAL ongoing externally funded research projects:

1.    Children and Youth Codesign Cities | codesigncities.se
2.    CIVIC – Construction In Vicinities: Innovative Co-creation
3.    Complex adaptive systems and urban planning
4.    Closing the loops on resource flows – a starting point for sustainable urban water and waste management
5.    Compact cities – Exploring qualities, drivers and strategies for promoting mixed-use urban development | compactcities.se
6.    Compact cities in informal settlements – Exploring qualities, drivers and strategies for promoting mixed-use urban development | compactcities.se
7.    Data Fusion in Urban modeling and Visualisation
8.    Describing and analysing urban building stocks – development of a methodology
9.    Developing sustainable trajectories for urban building-stocks
10.    Gamification of sanitation planning: Exploring technical and societal readiness of alternative nutrient-recovery systems www.slu.se/en/depart ments/energy-technology/projects/gamification-of-sanitation-planning/
11.    How do the residents of Hammarkullen perceive their environment? Visual mapping with Maptionnaire of different values prior to renovation
12.    Improving basic urban services in informal settlements
13.    Learning Lab Hammarkullen: Codesigning Renovation | learninglabhammarkullen.se | National Transdisciplinary Centre of Excellence for Integrated Sustainable Renovation
14.    Mapping waste governance pswm.uvic.ca
15.    Nodes-4-Visualization
16.    Nordic Built – Sustainable Transformation and Environmental Design
17.    Norm-critical visualization
18.    Opportunities for preparing urban contaminated land for bio-based production
19.    Recycling networks: Grassroots resilience tackling climate, environmental and poverty challenges gri.gu.se/english/research/managing-big-cities---recycling-networks
20.    Re-renovation: Possibilities for increased energy efficiency and the re-creation of cultural historical values
21.    SPANS – Sanitation Planning for Alternative Nutrient-recovery Systems www.slu.se/en/departments/energy-technology/projects/spans/
22.    The contribution of "third places" to urban social life in Gothenburg: assessment through social media data
23.    Urban Cobuilder: Urban design simulation involving Augmented Reality on project sites
24.    Urban CoMapper: Collaborative mapping regarding perception of urban qualities
25.    Visualisation of the energy systems and energy flows in a timber house
26.    Visualization of environmental data in urban planning processes including a pedestrian perspective
Text and photos: Jenny Stenberg

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