Stephan Zirwes showcases swimming pools in abstract aerial photographs

Photographer Stephan Zirwes uses drones to shoot aerial views of public swimming pools, in a bid to make people appreciate the value of free swimming facilities. The Pools series features an assortment of different public pools, from standard lap pools to ones in unusual shapes. They are all photographed from directly overhead, and set against a custom-made backdrop

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Dezeen’s “mind-blowing” drone documentary Elevation premieres in New York

Dezeen’s documentary Elevation launched in New York earlier this week at a premiere attended by leading designers and architects. The 18-minute movie, which explains how drones will change architecture, cities and society, was shown for the first time at Public, Ian Schrager’s new hotel on the Lower East Side. Over 200 guests attended the screening, held

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Drones are “potentially as disruptive as the internet” according to Dezeen’s new documentary Elevation

Dezeen today releases a short documentary setting out how drones could revolutionise the way people travel, transform how buildings are designed and built, and radically alter the form cities take. Called Elevation, the 18-minute movie explores the impact autonomous flying vehicles will have on our lives, and discusses both the positive and negative implications of

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Competition: win tickets to the world premiere of Dezeen’s new film Elevation in New York

The world premiere of Elevation, Dezeen’s short documentary about how drones will change cities, takes place in New York on 20 May and we’ve got five pairs of tickets to give away. The 18-minute film explores how drones will revolutionise the way people travel, how goods are delivered and how buildings look and are constructed.

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DJI’s headquarters designed by Foster + Partners will feature drone-testing skybridge

Foster + Partners has integrated a skybridge into its design for new headquarters for Shenzhen-based robotics company DJI, allowing it to test out its latest drone technology. The Foster + Partners-designed building, which is currently under construction, will operate as an innovation centre for DJI – a company specialising in producing “quadcopter” drones used for film and photography. Its equipment

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Drone footage shows progress on Ennead Architects’ Shanghai Planetarium

Our latest captioned movie shows drone footage of Ennead Architects’ Shanghai Planetarium as construction progresses.  The planetarium in Lingang near Shanghai, China, will include a 78 foot-high solar telescope as well as a youth observation camp and observatory.  Installation of the exterior aluminium cladding will commence later this year, with the project on track to open to

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Drone footage offers aerial vantage of Bogotá’s major architectural projects

Graphic designer Camilo Monzón Navas has used a drone to capture architectural sites across Colombia’s capital city Bogotá, including projects by notable architect Rogelio Salmona, a bullring and a domed planetarium. Navas came up with the idea for the Aerial Facades photoset while viewing the city from the top of the 10-storey apartment block he lives

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Carlo Ratti unveils smart road system complete with on-demand drone swarms

Italian architect Carlo Ratti has unveiled a concept for a smart road system, which would feature swarms of drones that deliver first aid, monitor traffic and detect accidents. The scheme was designed as part of a €30 million proposal by highways company ANAS, presented in late December 2017, to develop a new smart road infrastructure around Italy’s roads in preparation

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Hufton + Crow photographs MAD’s Huangshan Mountain Village in the dawn light

Photographer Allan Crow battled treacherous terrain, high humidity and swarms of insects to capture these images of MAD’s latest project – a group of topography-inspired housing blocks in China’s Huangshan mountain range. Officially unveiled earlier this month, Huangshan Mountain Village is a housing complex on the shore of Taiping Lake, designed by MAD to mimic the granite contours of

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Denis Esakov uses drone photography to capture Moscow’s landmark buildings from above

Photographer Denis Esakov has used a drone-mounted camera to trace the history of Moscow’s architecture, featuring buildings from the city’s constructivist era alongside contemporary designs by architects including Zaha Hadid and David Adjaye. Local architectural photographer Esakov spent a year using a remote-controlled drone with a built-in camera to take the images, which are published in the book, Spying on Moscow: A Winged

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Hong Kong’s densely packed high-rises captured from above in new drone movie

The soaring skyscrapers, manicured gardens and rubbish tips of Hong Kong are all shown in this drone footage shot by architect Mariana Bisti. Bisti aimed to capture the “complexities and contradictions” of Hong Kong, which is one of the most densely populated territories in the world. She shot the footage in February this year, while undertaking a 10-week artist

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Drone footage captures Zaha Hadid’s mountaintop museum in South Tyrol

This video shot by drone captures the late Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum, which is half buried into the peak of an Alpine mountain in Italy. The footage offers a drone’s eye view of the large volumes of the museum, which appear to burst through the rockface of Mount Kronplatz at 2,275 metres above sea level. Dezeen commissioned videographer Alaïa Fonk to

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Drones will bring “profound change” change to architecture and cities, says Mark Dytham

Drones will transform the way buildings are designed, the way they look and the way they are used, according to architect Mark Dytham. Dytham, co-founder of Tokyo-based studio Klein Dytham Architecture, said that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) would soon replace road transport for deliveries, meaning buildings would start “sprouting branches” for them to land on.

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Drone footage captures Apple Park as it prepares to welcome employees

As Apple gears up to open its Foster + Partners-designed campus in Cupertino, a drone has filmed the buildings nearing completion, and reports have emerged that the company is buying up all the trees available in California. The tech company’s employees are due to start moving into their new offices this month, and high-definition drone

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Drones and robots weave carbon-fibre pavilion based on moth webs

Researchers and students from the University of Stuttgart have used robots and drones to weave this carbon-fibre pavilion, which is based on the silk hammocks spun by moth larvae. The 12-metre-long cantilevering structure known as the ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016/7 is made from over 180 kilometres of woven resin-impregnated glass -and carbon-fibre. It is latest in an annual pavilion

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Drones offer fly-through preview of Herzog de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

For those who can’t wait for the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg to open next month, creative agency Jung von Matt has released an interactive movie tour of the building filmed by drones. Jung von Matt worked with producers Simon & Paul to create the movie tour of the opera house – a building designed by Swiss architects office Herzog & Meuron.

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Foster + Partners’ Apple Campus 2 begins to take shape in drone video

This unofficial drone video captures the construction of Foster + Partners’ Apple headquarters in California as the outer shell of the campus nears completion (+ movie). The movie, uploaded by YouTube user Matthew Roberts, shows the main hub of the campus – a hoop-shaped structure dubbed the Spaceship – taking form as cranes finish installing the exterior More

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“World’s tallest moving observation tower” filmed by drones ahead of opening this week

With the Marks Barfield-designed i360 in Brighton set to open to the public this week, drones have shot new footage of the structure billed the “world’s tallest moving observation tower” (+ movie). The British Airways i360 tower comprises a giant glass-and-steel doughnut that moves up and down a 162-metre-high pole, offering views of up to 42 kilometres in all More

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HOK envisions flying hotel pods that can access remote holiday destinations

Global architecture firm HOK has created a conceptual proposal for a fleet of drones that would serve as a portable hotel, enabling access to far-flung locales (+ slideshow). Called Driftscape, the scheme calls for using drone technology to create mobile pods that can be flown around the world and placed in areas not typically conducive More

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Norman Foster reveals vaulted Droneport prototype at Venice Architecture Biennale

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Foster + Partners has unveiled the first full-scale prototype of its Droneport concept at the Arsenale, which is designed to transport medical supplies to remote regions in Africa using unmanned flying vehicles (+ slideshow). The structure is the inaugural project from the Norman Foster Foundation, set up by the British architect to anticipate technological advances More

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Foster reveals plans for Rwandan Droneport to deliver medical supplies in remote areas

Foster + Partners has unveiled designs for a drone port in Rwanda, which will be used to transport urgent medical supplies to remote parts of the East African country via unmanned flying vehicles (+ slideshow). Foster + Partners are working with technology company Afrotech on the Droneport project, which will see its pilot scheme completed in Rwanda by 2020. […]

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Drone video shows progress on New York “courtscraper” by BIG

Communications firm Darkhorse has used a camera mounted to a drone to capture footage of Via 57 West, the residential building by Bjarke Ingels Group that is now rising in New York (+ movie). Construction is underway on the tetrahedron-shaped building, which is located on West 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan. The design is pulled […]

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Drone movie shows Foster + Partners’ Apple Campus 2 beginning to rise out of the ground

An unofficial drone movie shot over the site of the new Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino, California, shows the latest progress on Foster + Partners’ “doughnut” office design (+ movie). Uploaded by Youtube user Duncan Sinfield, the high-definition movie shows that structural work on the building’s foundations and below-ground-level floors and car park is almost […]

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Drones can “weave structures in space in just a few minutes”

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: in the second part of our video interview with Ammar Mirjan, the architect explains how he is using drones attached to cable dispensers to quickly build lightweight architectural structures. Drones can be a valuable new tool in construction, Mirjan claims, “widening the spectrum of what is possible” in architecture. “We can fly [drones] through and […]
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Drones can “collaborate to build architectural structures”

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: architect and researcher Ammar Mirjan explains how drones could be programmed to construct buildings in the first of two movies about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in architecture. In 2012, Swiss architecture firm Gramazio Kohler Architects and roboticist Raffaello D’Andrea collaborated with ETH Zürich to program a fleet of drones […]
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Drone movie shows progress on Apple Campus construction

News: updated footage of construction work on the Foster + Partners-designed Apple Campus 2 in California has been published on YouTube by another amateur videographer using a drone-mounted GoPro video camera (+ movie). YouTuber myithz uploaded the video, which shows progress on the site of the technology giant’s new offices in Cupertino, California. Related story: First […]
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Norman Foster narrates drone tour of New York’s Hearst skyscraper

A decade after the final beam was placed atop the Norman Foster-designed Hearst Tower, the architect has returned to the building to mark its anniversary with a film captured using an unmanned aerial vehicle (+ movie). The 46-storey Hearst Tower was the first major building commissioned in New York following the attacks on the World Trade […]
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