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Saba Golchehr

PhD Work

DATA FOR DESIGN - Critically Adopting Data-Driven Approaches for Long-term Citizen Participation and Sustainability in Design for the Public Realm

Saba Golchehr began her PhD in the School of Architecture at the RCA on the theme of data mining in February 2014. Her research is part of a programme funded by the European Commission called TRADERS: ‘Training art and design researchers in participation for public space’. Within this project, Saba is one of six researchers, all performing two forms of research: doctoral research and project research. Each researcher has a different theme and approach, but they all share the same case-study site, which is composed of two towns in the Belgian province of Limburg, Hasselt and Genk. These towns are part of a project, Unie Hasselt-Genk, which aims to unify the two towns through cultural interventions.

Saba’s research questions how designers can find new agency within the digital data deluge in today's cities, by critically adopting a data-driven approach in order to instigate social change, restore power equillibriums and increase democracy in the design and development of the built environment.

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  • Saba Golchehr
  • PhD

    School

    School of Architecture

    Programme

    Architecture, 2014–2018

  • Saba Golchehr holds an MSc in Urbanism (Spatial Planning and Strategy) from Delft University of Technology, where she graduated with distinction in 2012. The theme of her Master’s thesis was integration and empowerment of the excluded, for which she received the Urbanism Award for best thesis on urban vitality. Her research investigated new ways to involve marginalised groups in urban regeneration by enabling their participation in the planning of their neighbourhoods and, in particular, the creation of local public space. Prior to this, she completed a BSc in Architecture at Delft University of Technology.

    In 2013, she worked as a junior researcher in the Department of Real Estate and Housing at Delft University of Technology. Here, she researched the relationship between cities and corporations in the planning of corporate real estate as part of the Corporations and Cities project.

    Her research interest in public space, alongside a strong practical focus, have led her to her current position as a PhD candidate in the School of Architecture. Her research questions how designers can find new agency within the digital data deluge in today's cities, by critically adopting a data-driven approach in order to instigate social change, restore power equillibriums and increase democracy in the design and development of the built environment. Saba is also a research fellow in the EU Marie Curie funded project TRADERS (tr-aders.org).

  • Degrees

  • MSC Urbanism, Delft University of Technology, 2012; BSC Architecture, Delft University of Technology, 2009
  • Awards

  • Research Fellowship, EU Multi-ITN FP-7 Marie Curie, 2014; First Prize, Metten Stein + Design Urban Planning Award, 2012
  • Publications

  • GOLCHEHR, S. 2017. Design From The Inside-Out – Critically Adopting Big Data Methods. In: HAMERS, D., BUENO DE MESQUITA, N., VANEYCKEN, J. and SCHOFFELEN, J. (eds.) 'Trading Places: Practices of Public Participation in Art and Design Research'. dpr-bcn.; GOLCHEHR, S. 2017. 'Data holds power. But the most important thing is the story you tell with it.' Interview with Saba Golchehr by Rosanna Vitiello for Local Legends, 7 September.; GOLCHEHR, S. 2017. Kitchen Budapest (KiIBu): Hyperlocal Civic Platforms. In: DE WAAL, M. and FERRI, G. (eds.) 'A Lab of Labs: Methods and Approaches for a Human-Centered Design'. Amsterdam: Amsterdam Creative Industry Publishing.; GOLCHEHR, S. (Ed.) 2016. Proceedings of the 'MEDIAITONS - Art & Design Agency and Participation in Public Space' Conference, London, United Kingdom. 21-22 November 2016. London: Royal College of Art.; KAETHLER, M. & GOLCHEHR, S. 2016. Correlation Is Dismantling Our Urban Narratives: A Lament And A Plea. In: BERLOTTI, E., DAAM, H., PIREDDA, F. and TASSIRANI, V. (eds.) 'The Pearl Diver - The Designer As Storyteller'. Volume 1. 2016. DESIS Network – Desig; GOLCHEHR, S. & CALDERÓN, P. 2016. Do Citizens Dream Of A Control Room? Imagining An Alternative ‘Smart City’. In: Proceedings of the 'Political Imagination And The City' Conference, Santiago de Chile, Chile. 7-8 July 2016.; GOLCHEHR, S. & BUENO DE MESQUITA, N. 2015. Introducing Digital Methods For On-going Civic Engagement For Design In Public Space: How Mining And Mapping Social Media Data Can Help Inform Spatial Designers About A Local Context. In: Proceedings of the 'Desi