New Ideas: Young Architect Imagines the Urban Droneport as a Response to Pandemic

New technology drives new ideas in every industry: and in this guest post, a young architect’s passion project imagines how drone technology and architecture can combine to offer a response to the current – and any future – crisis.  This innovative concept of an urban droneport and the motivations behind it are a fascinating look at what’s possible as multiple disciplines embrace the potential of the drone industry.

The following is a guest post by Saúl Ajuria Fernández, architect and BIM Project Manager and Instructor at On-A in Barcelona, Spain.  DRONELIFE neither accepts nor makes payment for guest posts.

Drones and Architecture in the Battle Against the Coronavirus: the Urban Droneport

The COVID-19 pandemic has become a true humanitarian crisis with unimaginable social, economic and political outcomes. We are all trying our best to contribute – either from health centers, supermarkets or simply trying to make isolation bearable – but what can we as architects do in all this? How can we apply architecture to other problems in contemporary world?

In an attempt to reduce the transmission rate of the disease and thus protect the most susceptible individuals, governments and authorities around the world have ordered people to stay at home, in the safety and hygiene of the domestic environment, and to avoid any unnecessary contact with other people, spaces and objects. In this situation, automated systems make more sense.  Automated systems can guarantee the quality and hygiene levels of products, perform tasks that are not safe for people, and be available 24 hours a day.

The “Urban Droneport” is a logistics center that automates deliveries in urban environments using drones, which minimizes contact between people. In the current epidemiological context, this would facilitate the arrival of medicines, personal insulation material, and food and basic products for isolated people; improving the quality of life of the population during quarantine and minimizing the risk of coronavirus infection. These options could reduce rides and walks to pharmacies, supermarkets or the work of delivery people. In addition, centrally located drone delivery could also be useful in the distribution of medical supplies to healthcare centers, given the shortage situations that we are dealing with.

The objective of the project is the design of a building that allows and optimizes the transport of goods with Remotely Controlled Aircraft in urban areas. Emphasis is placed on both the design of the necessary architecture and the generation of a new

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