Expanding Data Imaginaries in Urban Planning: Foregrounding lived experience and community voices in studies of cities with participatory and digital visual methods

Publikation: Ph.d.-afhandling

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Abstract

“Expanding Data Imaginaries in Urban Planning” synthesizes more than three years of industrial research conducted within Gehl and the Techno–Anthropology Lab at Aalborg University. Through practical experiments with social media images, digital photovoice, and participatory mapmaking, the project explores how visual materials created by citizens can be used within a digital and participatory methodology to reconfigure the empirical ground of data-driven urbanism. Drawing on a data feminist framework, the project uses visual research to elevate community voices and situate urban issues in lived experiences. As a Science and Technology Studies project, the PhD also utilizes its industrial position as an opportunity to study Gehl’s practices up close, unpacking collectively held narratives and visions that form a particular “data imaginary” and contribute to the production and perpetuation of the role of data in urban planning. The dissertation identifies seven epistemological commitments that shape the data imaginary at Gehl and act as discursive closures within their practice. To illustrate how planners might expand on these, the dissertation uses its own data experiments as speculative demonstrations of how to make alternative modes of knowing cities possible through participatory and digital visual methods.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Vejledere
  • Madsen, Anders Koed, Hovedvejleder
  • Munk, Anders, Bivejleder
  • Niederer, Sabine, Bivejleder, Ekstern person
Udgiver
ISBN'er, elektronisk978-87-7573-714-7
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2023

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