Time to start research on our floating city project! When doing research for the project I found it really difficult to find exact statistics relating to population, I did find this website which gives an estimation of the population of Belfast in 2016. The website used average population statistics in past years to get an estimated result for 2016. According to the site the estimated population of Belfast in 2016 is 343,445.


(Source: http://ukpopulation2016.com/population-of-belfast-in-2016.html)

Because I was finding it so hard to find concrete statistics on Belfast I had to turn to Wikipedia to find any information at all on the city’s demography (I know this isn’t the most reliable source but its all I could find relating to cultural diversity or lack of within Belfast!)

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This is a pie chart of the ethic groups in Belfast

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfast

“As with many cities, Belfast’s inner city is currently characterised by the elderly, students and single young people, while families tend to live on the periphery. Socio-economic areas radiate out from the Central Business District, with a pronounced wedge of affluence extending out the Malone Road and Upper Malone Road to the south.[113] An area of greater deprivation extends to the west of the city. The areas around the Falls and Shankill Roads are the most deprived wards in Northern Ireland.[116]”

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfast

I found this information useful because it allows us to understand which areas are populated by which demographic which will be helpful for this project.

As a group we decided to split the city up into five areas and in order to cover more information:

  • North- Myself
  • East-Emma
  • South- Myself
  • West- Siobhan
  • City Centre- Siobhan

Here’s a map of Belfast where it breaks up the city into sectors! This will be extremely helpful for our project.


The two areas that I am working on are North Belfast and South Belfast. Since I am from North Belfast I thought that it made sense for me to work on it.

We then started researching some famous landmarks in each of the areas in Belfast so that they will be easily recognisable in our floating city.


  • Cavehill
  • Floral Hall
  • Belfast Zoo


  • Harland & Wolff
  • Titanic Quarter
  • Stormont


  • Queens University
  • Kings Hall


  • Rise Sculpture
  • Murals

City Centre:

  • City Hall
  • Grand Opera House
  • St. Georges Market
  • Victoria Square

We of course wanted to incorporate the cultural division within Belfast into our project so we talked about physically separating the areas of the city into five separate areas in order to symbolise the cultural division.

Here are some of my notes and sketches so far: