From Bullfighting To Drone Battles
” A bullfight is a deadly sort of acrobatics, a slaughter as spectacle. Catalonia outlawed the practice in 2011, which left Barcelona with a monumental problem: what, exactly, should the city do with its iconic La Monumental bullfighting arena, now that there would be no bullfights? An architecture student’s concept reimagines La Monumental as not just a relic of the past but a beacon of the future: he wants to turn it into a drone hub.
Frederick Ajjoub, who is currently working toward an Architect Masters at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, posted an open-source concept for his re-imagination of La Monumental, centered around flying unmanned vehicles. To preserve the historic building, Ajjoub’s concept leaves the existing structure itself intact, and balances a multi-story apparatus on the causeway around the arena. Fitting the ambition of the concept, this mostly free-standing drone hub is designed to be a standard model, to put in parks or fields wherever a country might want to replicate the drone infrastructure.”
” The first layer of the hub is the bullfighting arena itself, this time repurposed, in Ajjoub’s words, for “drone shows, drone racing, prototype tests, workshops and competitions,” which he imagines as built and tested in the repurposed “Drone Fight Arena.” “