By Ben Hobson
The 18-minute film explores how drones will revolutionise the way people travel, how goods are delivered and how buildings look and are constructed.
It features exclusive interviews with leading architects, designers and cultural commentators including Norman Foster, Paul Priestman and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, who suggest that drones will dramatically alter our cities in future.
Unmanned electric vehicles (UAVs) could relieve pressure on the roads as deliveries and human transportation takes to the skies, the film suggests.
“Delivery drones are here right now,” says Priestman, chairman of design studio PriestmanGoode, in the film. “I think the next step is going to be humans travelling by drones.”
“I think you could well see the development of aerial highways,” says Foster, founder of Foster + Partners.
“Architects are using drones to actually build buildings”
Architecture could change dramatically as the ground floor entrance is replaced by rooftop landing, parking and recharging zones and deliveries arrive via specially constructed portals on the sides of buildings.
“In the future you’re going to be entering buildings in a completely different way,” Mark Dytham, co-founder of Klein Dytham Architecture. “That formal approach to a building is really going to change.”
In the future our cities could even be built by flying vehicles.
“Architects are using drones, some of them are using them are using them to actually build buildings,” Serpentine Galleries director Obrist says.
Yet as well as painting a picture of a utopian drone-filled future, Elevation also hints at more sinister uses of the technology, exploring potential threats to our privacy and safety.
“Now that drones are in the hands of every person in the street, they’re potentially as disruptive as the internet,” says Liam Young, co-founder of urban think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today. “It’s an urgent moment to be thinking about what the possibilities are.”
“Questions about privacy and security are being redefined because of drones, and that affects the way we think about buildings as architects and designers,” adds Marina Otero Verzier, head of research and development at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam.
Win tickets to the world premiere
The world premiere of Elevation will take place at 6pm on 20 May at Public, Ian Schrager’s new hotel on New York’s Lower East Side designed by Herzog & de Meuron.
After the screening, drinks will be served until 9pm to toast the inaugural Dezeen Awards, which is open for entries until June 30.
Fill out the form below for a chance to win one of five pairs of tickets. Winners will need to be based in New York or be able to make their own travel arrangements to get to the event.
Produced by Dezeen’s in-house video studio, Elevation is our first foray into long-format video. It features a soundtrack created by Italian DJ and producer Donato Dozzy.
We unveiled the trailer for the film, which is available to watch at the top of this post, in March.
The full film will be published on Dezeen on 30 May, following the premiere in New York and exclusive advanced screenings at Clerkenwell Design Week in London on 22 May and in Venice on 25 May.
Competition closes on 18 May 2018. The five winners will be selected at random and notified by email, and their names will be published at the top of this page.
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