Norman Foster proposes African Droneport to save lives and build economies

Rendering of the drones being prepared (Courtesy Foster+Partners)

Rendering of the drones being prepared (Courtesy Foster+Partners)

Who needs roads when you can fly? Norman Foster‘s latest project aims to support cargo drone routes that could deliver “urgent and precious supplies to remote areas on a massive scale.”

More after the jump.

Drone footage of BIG’s VIA 57 West strikes a chord with architecture fans

Communications firm Darkhorse deployed a drone with a camera to create a stunning video of VIA 57 West, Bjarke Ingels Group’s first New York City building. At 467 feet tall, the building has been dubbed a “courtscraper” for combining elements of a Manhattan high rise with a perimeter block program. The building is expected to be complete later this year.

See this majestic aerial drone footage of Jordan’s breathtaking canyons, ruins, and architectural history

(Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

(Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Travel and lifestyle brand Matador Network released breathtaking footage of an aerial fly-over by drone, offering a soaring bird’s-eye-view of Jordan’s architectural marvels.

Watch the video after the jump.

The view from this South Dakota TV Tower is as grand & dizzying as any Manhattan skyscraper

National, Skyscrapers
Monday, February 16, 2015


While here in New York City, the antennas we cover tend to sit atop skyscrapers like the World Trade Center, for much of the American landscape, the tallest fixtures are spindle-thin television towers that keep watch over an agrarian landscape. But the view from atop those towers can be just as beautiful as the view from a $100 million Manhattan penthouse, as this drone video proves.

Watch the video after the jump.

Video> New York City gets very first “Drone Film Festival,” and here are some of our favorites

East, Media, Technology
Friday, February 6, 2015
(Courtesy New York City Drone Film Festival)

(Courtesy New York City Drone Film Festival)

As we’ve mentioned before, you can’t open a new tab on your browser these days without coming across a mesmerizing aerial drone video. With so many out there, we can’t say we were surprised to learn that the New York City Drone Film Festival is something that exists now. Welcome to 2015!

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Obama library as drone aviary? Chicago Prize winners speculate on president’s legacy

A hypothetical concept for the Barack Obama Presidential Library, straddling the Chicago River. The proposal was among the winners of the 2014 Chicago Prize. (Zhu Wenyi, Fu Junsheng, and Liang Yiang)

A hypothetical concept for the Barack Obama Presidential Library, straddling the Chicago River. The proposal was among the winners of the 2014 Chicago Prize. (Zhu Wenyi, Fu Junsheng, and Liang Yiang)

The Chicago Architectural Club announced the winners of its 2014 Chicago Prize Tuesday, awarding five honors to speculative proposals for Barack Obama’s Presidential Library. Peace signs, notions of community ownership, and even drones enlivened the conceptual debate swirling around a closely watched project already wrought with its own political complications.

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Video> Norman Fosters lets a drone loose in the Hearst Tower

Foster inspecting this new-fangled drone thing. (Screengrab from Hearst video)

Foster inspecting this newfangled drone thing. (Screengrab from Hearst video)

To celebrate the upcoming 10th anniversary of New York City’s Hearst Tower topping off, Lord Norman Foster let a drone loose inside his iconic work. In a video produced by the tower’s namesake, the Hearst Corporation, Foster marvels at how drone technology opens up an entirely new perspective on the 46-story structure. Someone needs to introduce this guy to Martha Stewart.

Watch the video after the jump.

It’s Friday, so why not let this drone give you a birds-eye tour of New York City?

Screenshot from "Ultimate Aerial Video of NYC!"

Screenshot from “Ultimate Aerial Video of NYC!”

We know, we know, we know—the internet is being overrun with drone-photographed, time-lapse videos of cities and ruins. They are like cat videos, or BuzzFeed quizzes, or thought-pieces on Hillary Clinton’s ground game in 2016: they’re everywhere and they’re unavoidable. But sometimes they’re pretty great. This five-minute video by Victor Chu is called “Ultimate Aerial Video of NYC!,” and, well, yeah, it kind of is!

Watch the video after the jump.

Video> Take a drone tour of a ruined city in the Chernobyl hot zone

Architecture, International
Friday, December 5, 2014

Attention ruin porn addicts and post-apocalyptic disaster fantasists, this video is for you. British filmmaker Danny Cooke visited Pripyat, Ukraine—an abandoned city within the radioactive hot zone created by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster—while on assignment for 60 Minutes. Using a camera-equipped drone, Cooke soars above and through the city, which once housed 50,000 inhabitants, revealing a ghostly but remarkably intact landscape, including apartment buildings, hospitals, and an abandoned amusement park with a rusting ferris wheel. While the scene is remarkably tranquil, the underlying cause is unsettling. Following a manmade calamity, nature is slowly reclaiming the city. Humans will likely never be able to return. [h/t World.Mic]

Zip over Apple’s under-construction headquarters and take a seat in its newly-unveiled auditorium

Newsletter, West
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Apple's auditorium pavilion (Poltrona Frau Group)

Apple’s auditorium pavilion (via Poltrona Frau Group)

The excitement over Apple’s new mega-campus in Silicon Valley continues to build. First, we got an aerial drones-eye-view of the under-construction Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino, California (check it out after the jump!). And now, we get to see the corporate auditorium where the company will show off its new products once complete in 2016.

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Meet MUPPette, Gensler’s marriage of 3D printing and unmanned drones

Architecture, Technology, West
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Two of the most talked about new technologies in our world today—3D printing and unmanned drones—are beginning to merge. A good example: Mobile 3D Printing, a research project in Gensler’s Los Angeles office attempting to create an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) fully capable of digital fabrication—freeing the technology from the constraints of boxes, robotic arms, and X-Y-Z axes.

Continue reading after the jump.

Attack of the Drones: Architects Turn to Flying Robots for Design Help

Eavesdroplet, West
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

[Researchers have also turned drones into builders, here laying bricks for a parametric tower.]

Look up in the sky: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope, it’s a drone. Yes, the U.S. military isn’t having all the fun… Architects are now getting into the drone game as well. In order to get a better look at their sites—particularly views from higher elevations—word has it that firms like AC Martin and Moore Ruble Yudell have developed their own drones, hovering high in the clouds and rotating in all directions. Air traffic rules for these sorts of things are still rudimentary, so flyers need to take things like etiquette and safety into their own hands. But for now it’s the Wild West. And it’s a virtual thrill that more may be taking off soon.

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