Re: Big Fancy Trinity Model

Okay. Just one more pic. There are 40,000 houses in the model — though not all of them have been installed yet. Charles Kendrick (pictured) won’t say how he makes them, but he will say this: each house is an accurate representation. Roof line. Roof color. Everything. He had to drive every street to gather the data he needed. And then he had to build a special computer to store all that data.

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9 responses to “Re: Big Fancy Trinity Model”

  1. Brandon says:

    Tim, since you were there, can you please give us your thoughts on the model? Did it make you optimistic, or were you underwhelmed?

  2. eewww says:

    that’s just creepy.

  3. sounds like a great way to spend some cash. good thing they are spending all this time getting roof shade perfect on the model instead of, you know, just doing the dang thing. at least if it ever does get done (or started for that matter) then they will be doing it right. let’s just hope nobody paints their roofs or reshingles in the meantime.

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  4. Tim Rogers says:

    @ Brandon: My thoughts come in two waves. First, Charles Kendrick and his wife Susie are absolutely amazing. One more factoid about the model: it contains somewhere around 20,000 feet of fiber optics. All the street lights light. A great many of the buildings light up. Renaissance Tower alone, just 6 inches tall, contains 600 feet of fiber optics. So the model is a work of art unlike any you’ll have seen in your life.

    My second wave of thoughts — the squeezings from my mind grapes, if you will — concern what the model is supposed to depict. In other words, will what we saw today ever come to life? I believe a lot of it will. All of it? Exactly the way it’s been sold to us? I don’t know. But I do know you gotta have a plan.

  5. drew says:

    I know there are still some houses to be added to the model, but that picture on the right reminds me of present-day New Orleans’ Ninth Ward.

  6. So maybe the Trinity River Project IS the model. They can look at it when it’s complete and say “see we did the TRP, just tinier than you thought we would”. I’m not against models, heck some of my best friends are models, but this pricey monstrosity is a little over the top.

  7. Brandon says:

    So, if it comes to life the way the model depicts, will it be great? World-class? Because at this point, we should expect and demand nothing less.

    I can be wowed by 600 feet of fiber optics at Renaissance Tower or a micro LCD screen at the AAC, but those structres have been built; they already exist. Considering what this model is for, those things are for ambience and to give a sense of location and that’s all.

    The CGI video they made last year (you can find it on the NTTA site) I enjoyed, and I thought “if they build it like that it’s going to be great.” I just hope the model kept that going.

  8. I want to know the price of the model. It could be the greatest and most detailed model in the planet but it only helps the builders and the sellers to a point. Other than that it is window dressing. It is putting lipstick on a pig -not that that’s not the goal of the TRP anyways.

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