Our group has been working on the models for the Floating City over the past week and its going pretty well! However, are having some issues with some of the models and don’t know if we’ll be able to get them modelled for the hand in date. We decided to go with a design that focused more on the architecture of the city (city hall) and leave the idea of the hallelujah mountains behind.

Here is some of Siobhan’s concept work:


Siobhan had the amazing idea of incorporating a buoy into the design since one of the major parts of Belfast’s history and tourist attractions involves the Titanic. She also had the idea of incorporating the design of the Titanic museum into our city. We developed this into our city sitting on a buoy that was designed in a similar way to that of the City Hall, we are then planning to have four walls surrounding the city which have various meanings; the first being a physical representation of the North, South, East and West, the second being a representation of the peace walls within the city and the third being that the city is evolving into something much more modern, compared to the earlier structures seen on the buoy itself. Hopefully that makes sense!

We also had the idea of joining the walls with a loose rope to represent that there is still a division within the city but that it is slowly being brought together. This links well with the statistics that we have found that in two out of the four areas the inhabitants are fairly mixed.

Siobhan modelled the rope but we had difficultly with incorporating it into our final city so we had to leave the idea behind. Here is the rope:

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I went round the city today to get some reference images of some of the things that we are are modelling. Here are some of my new photos alongside some older ones that I had from our photography project in semester one:


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Here are some of Siobhan’s models:

The Big Fish

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Botanic Gardens

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Albert Clock

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Harland & Wolff

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Core of Floating City & Titanic Walls:

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Here are some of my models:

City Hall

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Queen’s University

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Queen Elizabeth Bridge

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I wanted to model the Rise Sculpture in West Belfast so I found a video tutorial on YouTube which explained how to model a microphone grill which the closest thing I could find to the Rise Sculpture. Unfortunately I came across some issues along the way and couldn’t work out how to fix them. Here is my attempt:

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This is the video that I followed: