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Imaging and Data Visualisation: Floating City Venice Statistics, Video Presentation and Music

TEAMMATES: Lydia McDowell, Lauren Bell, Dearbhail McNulty, Clare McMurray

For the ‘floating city’  assignment we must combine 3D and 2D imagery and present statistics about a particular city over a 3D CGI model. We initially chose the Icelandic capital Reykjavik as our city but quickly changed it to Venice as we could not find a lot of information about Reykjavik.

With Venice it was much easier to find information to work with, both in terms of our statistics and visual influences on our 3D model design.

I also met with second year’s Jakub Bojankowski who talked to me about his floating city project. Their model was of “post-nuclear Rome” and was highly inspired by the Colosseum. I feel there are similarities between our projects so talking with him was extremely helpful. He went through his group’s process and gave me tips and information which I was able to share with my team. Thanks Jakub!

Since I will be taking charge of the graphics/statistic part of our video presentation I get to finalise our statistics research. Here is a list of the facts I found most interesting. Depending on how we want to display them I may have to choose different ones or change the way the information is represented, but these are my top picks for now.

  • Venice is sinking at the rate of 2 millimeters a year
  •  2002-2007: The population of Venice declined by 0.2% (While Italy’s total population grew by 3.85%)
    • Main city’s population in 1980: 120,000 approx
    • Main city population in 2009: 60,000 approx
    • Thus, the population has halfed over 29 years (three decades) 
  • The total population of Venice was recently recorded at 270,884 people
  • Of this, 47.4% were male with 52.6% female.
  • The average age of a Venetian is 46, 4 years older than the Italian average of 42.
  • The 2650 streets of Venice are connected by 433 bridges
  • July is the hottest month in Venice with an average temperature of 23°C (73°F) and the coldest is January at 3°C (37°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 13 in July.
  • The wettest month is June with an average of 90mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in August when the average sea temperature is 26°C (79°F).
  • Venice is built on platforms supported by 1,106,657  4-meter wooden stakes that were driven underwater (Lydia covers more in this blog post)
  • A number of solutions have been proposed to rescue Venice from sinking. One of these measures is the Mo.S.E. ( Modulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico , or Experimental Electromechanical Module) Project. This involves the construction of 79 mobile floodgates which will separate the lagoon from the Adriatic when the tide exceeds one meter above the usual high-water mark
  • In 2007, it was estimated that 50,000 visitors visited Venice each day
  • As of 2009, 91.14% of the population was Italian. The largest immigrant group comes from other European nations (Romanians, the largest group: 3.26%, South Asia: 1.26%, and East Asia: 0.9%).
  •  Venice is laced across 117 mini-islands in the Venetian Lagoon (which has an average depth of 34ft/10.5m – which at it’s lowest drops to 71ft/21m).



Pie Charts / Circular Designs – considering the visual motifs of circles and rotation in the CGI model city, I think it would be good to mirror this pattern with our infographics.






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