Category Archives: Task A


This is our group presentation on the building that we created in order to house the entire population in a sustainable manner.

Presentation: Belfast Building

Crime Chart

I read Visual complexity and liked the radial organisation chart, and decided to try and replicate it with the data we found on crime statistics that I got from the PSNI website. (In order to get the figures for crime in the city of Belfast I had to draw out the boundary of the city on the interactive map, and then it gave me the data.)

How I made it:

The circles are all actually to scale. I used Maya, created NURB circles and scaled them up to the percentages of each individual category of criminal activity that was conducted. Then I took a screenshot and drew over the image in Illustrator.

Scale diagram
Scale diagram

The five coloured circles represent the different types of crime and then the smaller, fainter coloured circles, represent the specific crime committed.

Completed diagram
Completed diagram

Crime Statistics:





Lima, M (2011). Visual complexity: mapping patterns of information. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. p1-264.

PSNI. (2015). Detailed statistics for Central. Available: Last accessed 3rd Mar 2015.


Here are the various items that i modelled for the building.

Tutorials that I used were:

Jacobsen, S. K. (2014). Modelling basketball in maya. Available: Last accessed 21st Feb 2015.

Basketball Hoop (part 10-49);
Horol, D. (2014). Maya Modeling Tutorial-Modeling Basketball Arena part 10. Available: Last accessed 3rd Mar 2015.

Tennis Ball;
Visualact. (2011). Autodesk Maya | Create a 3D tennis ball in less than 5 minutes. Available: Last accessed 18th Feb 2015.

NOTE: The basketball hoop tutorial is insanely long (39 videos around 50 mins each), and sometimes the guy makes mistakes and you have to wait for him to go back and fix them, I would advise not to do the mirror geography thing because he had to constantly go back and it whereas I just edited the entire base and cut out about half the time.

Data Visualisation Research

I went on to Ted Talks to see if there were any more videos on Data Visualisation, and if it would help our group to create their own charts to illustrate what data we found useful and how we actually used it.

I found that these videos were particularly helpful:

Kuchera-Morin, J. (2009). Stunning data visualization in the AlloSphere.Available: Last accessed 25th Feb 2015.

McCandless, D. (2015). The beauty of data visualization. Available: Last accessed 25th Feb 2015.

Rosling, H. (2006). The best stats you’ve ever seen. Available: Last accessed 25th Feb 2015.

Wellington, B. (2014). How we found the worst place to park in New York City — using big data. Available: Last accessed 25th Feb 2015.

The main commonality that I found was that the data was placed in context, in a way that made it easier to compute. You could grasp the scale of it, without it melting your brain.

Below were the results of me actually trying to utilise what I had learnt.

Figure 1:  This represents the population of one of the containers. So the top row is the breakdown of the housing, 450 single pods and 150 double pods. Then you have those suffering long term health complaints, so the largest amount are healthy and the the two brown tones are for the different health issues. (They were too small a percentage for me to label, but is the table that I got the data from and my calculations are in my folder). The bottom row is the breakdown of the different religions that make up the 750 people. It should be noted that we believe that the population would have their religions as their own private belief and therefore there would be no specific places to worship whatever they believe in- however, I did suggest about there being a wee chapel thing that there is in hospitals were people can go and sit. Although, we decided, that it wouldn’t be necessary.

Figure 2:  This represents the eight containers. So, the population of one floor would be 6000 people.

Figure 3:  This represents the 50 floors (and there are 50 of them) which totals 300000 people. We know that the population is less than that, but we wanted to ensure there would be some space left over to account for any increases in the population.

More Research

I also did some research into renewable energy, and some possible building inspiration like the design of the ship in Elysium.


CCEA. (2012). Support Materials. Available:…/…/gce/support/as_1.asp. Last accessed 2nd Dec 2014.

Elysium (2013) DVD. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. United States of America: TriStar Pictures.

Nature Power. (2014). 50 Watt Semi Flex Solar Panel. Available:…. Last accessed 3rd Feb 2015.

White, R. (2007). Energy. In: Hodder Education GCSE Physics for CCEA, Revision Book. London: Hodder Education. p7-9.