Artists Envision “Drone Skyscrapers”
” Designers HadeelAyed Mohammad, Yifeng Zhao and Chengda Zhu have proposed a central control terminal that hosts docking and charging stations for drones in the center of Manhattan. dubbed ‘the Hive’, the drone skyscraper has been proposed as a dramatic alternative to 432 Park Avenue, the Rafael Viñoly-designed superstructure set to be the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere.
” Over the past few years, drone technology has become a leading trend across a range of fields, from aerial mapping to filmmaking. several major corporations — such as Amazon, DHL and Walmart — have begun investigating the use of drones as a means of high-speed delivery. however, many areas are subject to no-fly zones, while rules often state that the user must maintain visibility with the drone at all times.
The Hive’, which was awarded second place in eVolo’s annual skyscraper competition, reconsiders air-zoning regulations through a vertical highway. ‘this centrally controlled model will be more appealing to the legislative sector as it adheres to the concerns about regulating drone traffic,’ say the designers. ‘the primary location of the building does not only gather the commercial power of manhattan, but also stands away from the no-fly-zones set by the federal aviation administration.’ “