Piloting a collaborative data library of fine-grained data to support knowledge facilitation in architectural courses
Paper in proceeding, 2020

This study discusses the establishment and pilot of a collaborative data library
(CDL) for educational purposes, based on a transdisciplinary collaboration between the architecture departments at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, and University of Pretoria, South Africa. The CDL was tested Hammarkullen in Gothenburg in a joint exercise during which students from both institutions collected qualitative and quantitative data through site analysis using analogue and digital tools such as KoboToolbox and Maptionnaire. The collected data were uploaded in guided sessions to the web-based platform GeoNode to be stored in a systematic way for re-use of the data later in the course. Results show that the tools and CDL were relatively easy to use. For the students the most
interesting aspects were the contextual information gained by using the data collecting tools, and, by that, make communities' needs heard. Thus, the students appreciated the participatory features of the data collection tools. The CDL will be further developed and tested in the South African design studio in the Mamelodi township of Pretoria early in 2020. The development of the CDL in a transdisciplinary and global context will allow for up-scaling and potentially also
applications outside educational environments. The project contributes to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 11.


Qualitative and quantitative data


Data collection

Participatory approach

Collaborative library


Liane Thuvander

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural theory and methods

Cameron Green

University of Pretoria

Marco Adelfio

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Urban Design and Planning

Emilio Da Cruz Brandao

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Urban Design and Planning

Carin Combrinck

University of Pretoria

Monica Billger

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural theory and methods

Victoria Rautenbach

University of Pretoria

Serena Cotzee

University of Pretoria

Chrisna du Plessis

University of Pretoria

IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science

17551307 (ISSN) 17551315 (eISSN)

Vol. 588 1.15-1.19 052041

BEYOND 2020 – World Sustainable Built Environment conference
Gothenburg, Virtual conference, Sweden,

Stitching the city: From micro-data to macro-views

The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) (SA2017-7136), 2018-06-01 -- 2021-06-30.

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Subject Categories

Civil Engineering

Other Social Sciences

Learning and teaching

Pedagogical work



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