Shinshilla addresses the problem during Ukraine’s current urban planning and design process, in respect of lacking data availability to government civic partners, design agencies and citizens.
We aim to provide a united platform for different stakeholders in Ukraine to access existing urban planning data and information, exchange diverse crowdsourcing data, and be able to generate and collect new user data to measure how people use public and private spaces in their city.
Our platform offers a solid and accessible urban data analysis foundation for new urban designers, and enables stakeholders to incorporate a data-driven approach into their urban planning, design, and community development strategies.
Ukraine is a relatively new country.
The government, private sector players and citizens are working together to strengthen their democracy and decide the future for their planning and community development initiatives. However, there is a lack of data available to government civic partners on the ground. Different stakeholders lack of basic trust and do not work altogether very well in order to design a more human-oriented built environment.
For example, citizen’s spontaneous creative activities are often neglected during these process – lots of informal places are pulling down, which used to be the places for people daily gathering. Citizen’s precious informal memories are not fully respected and appreciated during the existing urban planning process.
In this way, we see an opportunity to strengthen urban planning efforts in Ukraine (and later expanding to other young countries in the region), by delivering an easy to use, transparent platform that collects data and delivers it in a format that can be used by private and public sector players. We have done preliminary research and assessed the need for this product as well as client enthusiasm to pilot the initiative.
In order to understand what citizens really need from an urban data collection platform, we have launched a survey with the help of Urban Curator – one of the most active non-profit urban design agencies in Kyiv. The survey consists of not only quantitative questions about also qualitative questions, especially the questions as “what place in Kyiv has your most beautiful memory?” in order to get a better understanding of people’s personal experience.
We have collected the quantitative data and qualitative data (mainly apply word frequency analysis and word cloud visualization), visualized them and published them on the public social media platform. All the information can be accessed by the detailed link.
We also interviewed the local developer SAGA in order to understand:
- What the traditional real estate development process is in Ukraine?
- What SAGA need during the urban planning process?
- What process can be streamlined and more transparent?
- What data can be accessible to general public?
Among the mapping of the whole process, we realized that our main opportunity lies in the planning and design stage. During this stage, the developer would like to collect more data about the citizen’s urban living behavior and design preference. The information on new project release, design decision making, and construction bidding can be more transparent, i.e. the data can be accessible to the public.
In this way, I designed a binary diagram mapping all the potential functions that both developers and citizens would like to have in this application. These functions are generated from both surveys and interviews. Considering the difficulty designing an application for two parties, including the data management, etc, we first decided to start with a pilot focusing on the process during which developer submit project request -> launch the survey -> get the data.