Our group decided that the best way to approach developing a concept for our floating city was to find statistics based on our Belfast motif, gain inspiration from our research and to then develop our own concepts based on what we have learned. During our first meeting Molly had discovered a wide range of statistics involving Northern Ireland that I found quite interesting and gave our group some insight into the life and economy of Belfast. The website for the executive office of NI was a real gem for finding a number of different statistics about Northern Ireland, from social standards to the cost of living. Once you have the statistics of a city, you can find out how it’s economy works and go into more depth about its environment, more so than what the audience can understand from its exterior.
Below are some of the statistics I found most interesting and could maybe be adapted or changed to possibly suit our group’s floating world concept, some of which mainly focus on the way of living for different age groups and gender.
These include statistics in NI regarding
- Violence and Crime
- Education and Training
- Travel and Tourism
- Births and Deaths
Violence and Crime
Proved by some shocking results from the Domestic Abuse and Hate Motivation Statistics and the PSNI, there was been massive increase of cases of domestic abuse in Northern Ireland. Reading these statistics I was surprised to see how socially aggressive society in Northern Ireland has become over recent years, the situation should be improving over time, not increasing.
- Female victims 18+ have increased from 5,890 from 2004/5 to 7,685 in 2014/15.
- Male victims 18+ have increased from 1,793 in 2004/5 to over 3,107 in 2014/15.
- There has been a decrease in domestic abuse amongst those who’s gender and age were unknown, including crimes classified as state offences. From 1,318 in 2004/5 to 1,059 in 2014/15
- Domestic abuse of children under the age of 18 has increased from 655 in 2004/5 to 1,575 in 2014/15.
(Source – Violence and Crime – https://www.executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk/publications/gender-equality-statistics-update-2015 )
Below is another survey from the Gender Equality statistics update from 2015 that shows the increase of the Northern Ireland prison population amongst men and women.
Education and Training
According to the Equality Statistic Update of 2015, there has been a decrease in the proportion of people of working age without a qualification, more so with women in Northern Ireland than men.
( Source – https://www.executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk/publications/gender-equality-statistics-update-2015 )
The update also included more simplified diagrams regarding the education system which mainly seem to indicate the rise in the amount of qualifications people have when leaving into the world of work, more so than what was held in the past. From these statistics I have learned that the majority of people that work in the education system also tend to be female.
( Source – https://www.executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/ofmdfm/gender-equality-stats-update-2015.pdf )
Travel and Tourism
Belfast in particular has had major renovations in order to become one of Europe’s top short break destinations today. The cities Georgian,Victorian and Edwardian architecture have proven popular amongst visitors, and venues such as the Waterfront has gained world wide recognition for national and international events. The Belfast City Council had recently released facts and figures describing the improvement of tourism in Belfast, including the amount of money tourists have spent over the years. The increase in popularity for Belfast has a very positive outlook for the city and it’s future, this is an important aspect that I feel should be possibly included in our group’s floating city design.
(Source – http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/tourism-venues/tourism/tourismfacts.aspx )
“The NICEI is an experimental quarterly measure of the performance of the Northern Ireland (NI) economy based on available official statistics.” (Copyright, 2017)
According to the latest results, published on the 19th January in 2016, economic activity had estimated an increase by 1.6% from Quarter 3 (July – September) 2015 to Quarter 3 (July – September) 2016.
( Source – https://www.economy-ni.gov.uk/articles/northern-ireland-composite-economic-index-nicei )
The ‘Gender Equality Statistics’ in relation to employment, show that the working age has been consistently higher for males than females over the course of 1996 to 2013. Although the difference has been decreasing over time, so some progress has been made. “In 1996, 70.5% of working age males were in employment compared to 56.0% of working age females; by 2013 these rates were 71.4% and 62.9%.”(Gender equality statistics: 2015 update, 2015)
For both men and women, there was a decrease in unemployment between the years 1996 and 2007/08, but since then the rates have been increasing once again.
“Female rates have decreased from 4.1% in 1996 to 3.2% in 2013. This proportion was at its lowest in 2008, at 1.5%. Male rates have experienced larger fluctuations, having dropped from 9.9% in 1996 to 3.6% in 2007, before increasing again to 7.7% in 2013.” (Indicator 2.2)
(Source – https://www.executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/ofmdfm/gender-equality-stats-update-2015.pdf )
- The NIRSA’s 2015 annual reports showcase that there had been 24,215 births during that year, 12,493 being male and 11,722 female.
- Teenage births have reached an all time low, from 1,395 in 2005 to 760 in 2015.
( Sources -http://www.nisra.gov.uk/archive/demography/publications/annual_reports/2015/BirthsInfo.pdf )
- Another report conducted by NIRSA, showed that there have been 15,548 deaths in 2015.
- The average age at death for males was 73.5 years, and 79.4 years for females.
- 2/3 deaths we of people aged 75 and over.
- There has been 5 times as many centenarians as in 1985 (People who have lived up to 100 years or over.)
- The leading cause of death in NI was cancer with a total of 4,361 deaths. The most common cancer being the bronchus or lung.
- There have been 318 deaths from suicides in 2015, a 19% increase from 2014’s statistics.
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