So I got the team together as I felt that we needed to get a move on and start finalising ideas and start planning on what our next moves will be to meet the deadline and create something that we were going to be happy with.
We decided that our city was going to be a utopia based on the designs of Leonardo Da Vinci, we wanted it to be a vision of pastoralism and for it to be at harmony with nature. We wanted it to be self sufficient, yet also keeping the importance of Rome throughout by including its historical architecture and landmarks throughout, so that we could create a perfect place for the people of Rome to live happily.
We then talked about the finalised layout of the city, and I quickly drew up some finalised layouts of how it was to look so that my team to get a better picture into what we all wanted to include and how it should look when it came to modelling it. Therefore there would be no confusion and our idea would be more clear.
I then went on Asana to assign the new tasks and to plan ahead on what we wanted to get done and when we wanted them to be done for. Sadly not everyone in the team used Asana much but me and john where both persistent with using it and it helped us to try and keep the rest of the team on track with what needed to be done.
We then came together and organised who wanted to model what for the floating city and here is what we decided on;
Gardens and farming area – Rebecca
Overview of the whole of Arcadia – Rebecca
Bath house – Rebecca
Housing area – Cliodhna
Living quarters – Cliodhna
City defenses- John
Historical area- John
Port area – Hollie
Entertainment area – Cliodhna
Airships and transport- John and Rebecca
When we were looking into transport I looked into airships and saw a live stream by Sam Peterson who was drawing sketches of different airships so I started sketching along with him and get a few ideas for them and wanted to make them look more roman like. Here are Sam Peterson‘s sketches of airships;
So that we could create Rome styled boats I looked back into their architecture and we also looked into actual roman boats which was also incredibly useful for the airship transport designs.
1. The merchant ship (navis onerarius)
Even before they built their navy the Romans had a good number of merchant ships. They were sailing ships and had no rowers. This was because they needed the greatest possible amount of space for their cargo. They were broad-beamed and had a large square sail, made of linen, papyrus, or byssus. This last was a very fine and valuable textile material, usually made of flax. The sail was usually white. The hull of these ships was made of pine or fir wood. The keel was constructed with great care, since it had to be solid and watertight. On the outside it was lined with tarred wool, and over that was put lead sheeting. With this protection, the water could not penetrate into the hold and the merchandise was kept safe and dry. On the stern was a kind of figure-head, shaped like a swan’s neck.
With these ships the Romans developed their trade, especially in the ports of the Tyrrhenian Sea, to the west of the Italian mainland. They transported oil, wine, fruit, grain, and cattle. When the Romans began to fight at sea, the merchant ships served to carry foodstuffs, troops, horses, and war-machines such as catapults and rams.
2. The three-banked galley (trireme)
This was the type of warship used most by the Romans. It was from 100 to 120 feet long and about 18 feet in beam – about the size of a river pleasure steamer today. It had a mast which supported a large rectangular sail. Embroidered on this in gold were the name of the ship and the insignia of her commander.
The soldiers were stationed in a superstructure at the forward end, which we would call the forecastle. In the ship’s waist were the mariners and rowers. In the stern, in the so-called high castle, were the captain, officers, and steersmen. The ship was steered by two very long oars.
The complete crew of the trireme was 250 men, divided into rowers, sailors, and soldiers. It was the soldiers who did the fighting, which consisted mostly of boarding enemy vessels. The trireme’s weight was nearly 50 tons when loaded, and it was capable of a speed of 5 knots. There were also ships with five banks of oars, called quinqueremes, but the Romans seldom used them. They were too difficult to maneuver and too slow.
“Roman Fleet”. Daviddarling.info. N.p., 2016. Web.
We also looked at the map of Rome an noticed that all streets eventually lead to the center of Rome, this was really interesting as we started thinking about how we could implement this with having our most important structure in the middle of each area of our floating city and having everything lead to the center.
Since we want our Floating City to be self sufficient we looked into renewable electricity and different ways the city could get it its power source. We looked into solar panels, as well as solar light bulbs that can last for 5 to 10 years. Nokero solar light bulbs charge by day and provide hours of light each night for about a year and a half before the battery must be replaced.
I also looked into bikes that can power your home, Manoj Bhargava, the founder of the Free Electric hybrid bike, shares in the video below, it is possible to generate electricity at home while simply doing a daily workout routine. This a great idea as you pedal for an hour and you power your house for 24 hours. Having access to clean, free energy will enable poverty-stricken communities to not only light their homes but to connect to the internet and get educated. Bhargava says the reason the majority of those who are poor stay poor is because they have no power. He aims to fix this with the free energy bicycle.
This is something that would be great to implement into our floating city as the people of Rome will keep the city running, causing no pollution as also staying fit. It is truly amazing. Why isn’t this every where by now?