Archinect - News 2017-09-23T19:46:38-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150024054/flyover-moscow-with-aerial-photography-of-the-city-s-architectural-icons Flyover Moscow with aerial photography of the city's architectural icons Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-23T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-24T19:21:33-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/h9/h97s397trsg73l88.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/h9/h97s397trsg73l88.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/h9/h97s397trsg73l88.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/h9/h97s397trsg73l88.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In a scene from&nbsp;<em>Dead Poets Society</em>, Robin Williams' character, the English teacher John Keating, famously climbs on top his desk to remind himself, and his students, that "we must look at things in a different way. The world looks very different from up here." Thanks to satellite and <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/240637/drones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drone technology</a>, we can now take Williams' advice quite literally by looking at the world from up above.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/uploads/w5/w50gbnb71foxhkvw.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/1028x/w5/w50gbnb71foxhkvw.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Sadovye Kvartaly Residential Complex</figcaption></figure><p>Using a remote-controlled drone, the photographer Denis Esakov has done just that by capturing the amazing "fifth facades" of&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/59324/moscow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow</a>'s architecture. Photographing over seventy buildings throughout Europe's largest metropolis, Esakov flies over the city to reveal previously unseen geometries of the city's greatest architectural icons. The new vantage point exposes intriguing compositions that spark a re-evaluation of the works themselves and a query into the hidden symbolism behind the plans that up until now, have remained the secret of the architects and their c...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150003938/an-exquisite-drone-tour-over-apple-s-new-campus-reveals-the-pond-furniture-a-new-theater An exquisite drone tour over Apple's new campus reveals the pond, furniture, + a new theater Julia Ingalls 2017-04-20T12:35:00-04:00 >2017-04-21T18:28:32-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/55/55wa7asskq2yjcg5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/55/55wa7asskq2yjcg5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/55/55wa7asskq2yjcg5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/55/55wa7asskq2yjcg5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Like a miniature perfectionist city, the new Apple campus in Cupertino is made up of several different buildings: there's the familiar Norman Foster-designed "spaceship," as well as a massive parking garage that features gleaming solar panels atop the roof.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zj/zjjnjhcnf9tctvpn.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x3/x3q4kqf1c346yb49.jpg"></p><p>This drone video reveals that very little of the landscaping has come in yet--a few trees, in their boxy planters, hang out outside the main building, and only a few plants have been installed in the equipment-strewn courtyard--but it offers an excellent tour of the Steve Jobs Theatre which is slated to open this summer:&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149984365/7-eleven-becomes-first-retailer-to-employ-drone-delivery 7-Eleven becomes first retailer to employ drone delivery Nicholas Korody 2017-01-02T16:50:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T14:22:38-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/np/nph42p42u6xtyu76.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/np/nph42p42u6xtyu76.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/np/nph42p42u6xtyu76.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/np/nph42p42u6xtyu76.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>7-Eleven, the world&rsquo;s largest convenience store chain, shared new numbers from its drone delivery experiment today. Seventy-seven customers in Reno, Nev., have now received items ordered from 7-Eleven delivered to their doorsteps via drone. All 77 flights were from one store to a dozen select customers who live within a mile of the shop. 7-Eleven has partnered with the drone maker Flirtey for its delivery pilot.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>It marks the first regular commercial drone delivery service to operate in the United States, flying ahead of other, potentially bigger drone delivery projects that haven&rsquo;t yet been able to take off in the U.S. &mdash; like Alphabet&rsquo;s Project Wing and Amazon&rsquo;s Prime Air, the latter of which only demonstrated its first delivery to a customer last week.</em></p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983472/take-a-flight-through-herzog-de-meuron-s-elbphilharmonie-in-classical-or-metal-speed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a flight through Herzog &amp; de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie, in classical or metal speed</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983097/watch-this-6-month-time-lapse-drone-video-of-the-apple-campus-2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch this 6-month time lapse drone video of the Apple Campus 2</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974063/uber-takes-to-the-skies-with-a-new-advertising-strategy-in-mexico-df" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber takes to the skies with a new advertising strategy in Mexico DF</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149983472/take-a-flight-through-herzog-de-meuron-s-elbphilharmonie-in-classical-or-metal-speed Take a flight through Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie, in classical or metal speed Julia Ingalls 2016-12-20T18:43:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T00:13:59-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ng/ng4nx7gzo4q0ybzq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ng/ng4nx7gzo4q0ybzq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ng/ng4nx7gzo4q0ybzq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ng/ng4nx7gzo4q0ybzq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>For those who have been eagerly anticipating a look inside Herzog &amp; de Meuron's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149959095/take-a-look-at-herzog-de-meuron-s-elbphilharmonie-in-hamburg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elbphilharmonie</a>&nbsp;before it officially opens this January,&nbsp;your chance has come in the form of a <a href="https://countdown.elbphilharmonie.de/en/slowmotion/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website feature</a> which allows you to navigate through the space at your chosen speed via your preferred web browsing device. Here's a preview video that gives you a sense of the magnificence of the interior (as well as the ebuillenece of the soundtracked touring experience). Voila:&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149983097/watch-this-6-month-time-lapse-drone-video-of-the-apple-campus-2 Watch this 6-month time lapse drone video of the Apple Campus 2 Alexander Walter 2016-12-16T18:47:00-05:00 >2016-12-26T15:31:07-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7m/7mpc03ti49p6wqaw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7m/7mpc03ti49p6wqaw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7m/7mpc03ti49p6wqaw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7m/7mpc03ti49p6wqaw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>With all the drone construction videos of the new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/495725/apple-campus-2-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple Campus 2</a> (AC2) circulating on the interwebs, it's easy to lose track of what the progress has been on this Foster-designed Goliath of a project just in recent months.</p><p>Luckily this latest 4K video by Matthew Roberts on YouTube provides a handy 6-month time lapse of key campus sites, like 'the Spaceship,' auditorium/theater, primary access tunnel, research &amp; development facility, the atrium, main parking garages, fitness center, maintenance facility, and the infamous 'mountain of dirt.'</p><p>Watch the video further below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uw/uw94ezll0gkc7q2f.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2h/2h4ctfaauyofv5jk.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pr/przcr7w0smugs98c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2e/2eljq9nrt6p2aoql.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/st/stb2gqkvex0bcuar.jpg"></p><p><em>All images via Matthew Roberts' <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioN1LzMHL-s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drone video</a> on YouTube.</em></p><p>More recent AC2 news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982704/new-photos-of-the-interior-and-exterior-of-apple-s-norman-foster-designed-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New photos of the interior and exterior of Apple's Norman Foster-designed campus</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951224/apple-s-spaceship-campus-by-the-numbers-including-an-estimated-5b-price-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's spaceship campus, by the numbers (including an estimated $5b price tag)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940697/is-apple-s-campus-design-about-making-the-corporation-your-entire-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Apple's campus design about making the corporation your entire life?</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149974063/uber-takes-to-the-skies-with-a-new-advertising-strategy-in-mexico-df Uber takes to the skies with a new advertising strategy in Mexico DF Nicholas Korody 2016-10-17T18:45:00-04:00 >2016-10-18T11:15:38-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wi/wi5dsgf4r0ct2ua5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wi/wi5dsgf4r0ct2ua5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wi/wi5dsgf4r0ct2ua5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wi/wi5dsgf4r0ct2ua5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Mexico City is notorious for its gridlock (and the smog it produces). The ride-sharing platform Uber has taken advantage of this captive audience with an unusual advertising medium: drones.</p><p>As reported by <a href="https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602057/with-its-sale-in-china-uber-drives-a-better-bargain/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>, Uber has sent off a fleet of sign-bearing drones to hover over windshields. &ldquo;Driving by yourself?&rdquo; asks one in Spanish. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s why you can never see the volcanoes.&rdquo;</p><p>Mexico City represents Uber&rsquo;s biggest market, so the unique (and aggressive) advertising strategy makes some sense. No word yet on any drone-provoked fender benders.</p><p>For more on Uber and its influence on cities, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968712/the-view-from-inside-a-self-driving-uber-the-technology-is-not-quite-ready" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The view from inside a self-driving Uber: "the technology is not quite ready"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966342/uber-and-the-future-of-on-demand-public-transit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber and the future of on-demand public transit</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149964179/uber-lets-you-hail-its-self-driving-cars-in-pittsburgh-later-this-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber lets you hail its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh later this month</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961180/new-study-finds-ride-sharing-apps-like-lyft-and-uber-have-no-effect-on-drunk-driving-fatalities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New study finds ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber have no effect on drunk-driving fatalities</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149970903/efficiency-enhancing-drones-could-dramatically-reduce-construction-costs Efficiency-enhancing drones could dramatically reduce construction costs Julia Ingalls 2016-09-27T13:32:00-04:00 >2016-10-07T01:07:11-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d9/d968m37f6j0hwr49.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d9/d968m37f6j0hwr49.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d9/d968m37f6j0hwr49.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d9/d968m37f6j0hwr49.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>According to this&nbsp;<a href="http://fortune.com/2016/09/13/commercial-drone-construction-industry/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fortune</a> article, it's estimated that the construction industry wastes billions of dollars annually in poorly organized and distributed materials, a practice that could be eliminated with omnipresent flying drones. The trick is to create software that can process what the drones see on each construction site into data that humans can quickly comprehend and efficiently implement. Autodesk is investing in developing software and hardware that can convey this information, which may dramatically cut construction costs (and perhaps make <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956313/deciding-how-to-bill-clients-is-complicated-what-are-the-basic-fee-structures-behind-residential-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architects rethink how they bill for projects</a>).</p><p>For more on drones:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963306/designing-for-drones-a-condo-tower-with-drone-friendly-balconies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing for drones: a condo tower with drone-friendly balconies</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944052/this-drone-video-takes-you-on-a-fascinating-flight-through-the-guts-of-seattle-s-bertha-tunneling-machine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This drone video takes you on a fascinating flight through the guts of Seattle's Bertha tunneling machine</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937488/here-comes-the-dronescraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Here comes the "dronescraper"</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149965464/airbus-promises-autonomous-flying-taxis-in-the-very-near-future Airbus promises autonomous flying taxis in the (very) near future Alexander Walter 2016-08-26T14:12:00-04:00 >2016-09-03T11:08:41-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jo/jofb63dst5w5g4p0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jo/jofb63dst5w5g4p0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jo/jofb63dst5w5g4p0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jo/jofb63dst5w5g4p0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Airbus appears to be serious about its "Vahana" project, aimed at creating an autonomous passenger drone network, and thinks testing can begin as early as 2017. [...] Airbus is also working on a drone delivery service [...] and plans to start testing it at a Singapore university by mid-2017. The cargo-laden vehicles fly automated routes in "aerial corridors," then drop them off and send delivery notifications to customers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Airbus engineers are dreaming up no small endeavor as laid out in the company's <a href="http://www.airbusgroup.com/int/en/news-media/corporate-magazine/Forum-88/My-Kind-Of-Flyover.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future of Urban Mobility</a> vision:</p><p><em>"Imagine landing at a major international airport after a long flight in an A380. Instead of suffering through a 90-minute taxi ride in the megacity&rsquo;s gridlocked traffic, you hop into an electrically operated aerial vehicle from zenHOP, which brings you to your destination &ndash; landing on your chosen zenHUB &ndash; in just nine minutes. Too expensive? No, zenMOVE has found three other travellers who also want to get to the city centre. As a result, the flight costs no more than a taxi ride. On top of that, no need to worry about your luggage &ndash; zenLUGGAGE takes care of that &ndash; or your security, as zenCYBER protects your flight against hacker attacks."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jf/jflppgr7pt44qdsx.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; Illustration of Airbus' Skyways drone parcel delivery service, which will enter test mode on the campus of the National University of Singapore in mid-2017.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145287841/the-ehang-passenger-drone-might-be-another-way-people-will-get-around-town-someday" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ehang passenger drone might be anothe...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149963306/designing-for-drones-a-condo-tower-with-drone-friendly-balconies Designing for drones: a condo tower with drone-friendly balconies Nicholas Korody 2016-08-15T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:26:43-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/m9/m94v2u7tam5m58uz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/m9/m94v2u7tam5m58uz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/m9/m94v2u7tam5m58uz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/m9/m94v2u7tam5m58uz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Make no mistake: Drones are coming, and they&rsquo;re going to change a lot of things about how we shape our lives. So why shouldn&rsquo;t we change how we shape our buildings to get ready for them? [...] That&rsquo;s the basis for my Drone Tower, which would look like a futuristic condo building, with large balconies built to accommodate small electric aircraft or shipping drones. You wouldn&rsquo;t need to buy your own drone, you&rsquo;d simply order a ride with an app like a taxi&mdash;and hop in right from your terrace.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l1/l1d418s5pfdyqong.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k5/k5fnpn30o7lwhbou.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/os/os7g35olmhjldznq.jpg"></p><p>For more on the intersections between autonomous flying machines and the city, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949315/unequal-scenes-drone-images-reveal-cape-town-s-architecture-of-apartheid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unequal Scenes: drone images reveal Cape Town's "architecture of apartheid"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944052/this-drone-video-takes-you-on-a-fascinating-flight-through-the-guts-of-seattle-s-bertha-tunneling-machine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This drone video takes you on a fascinating flight through the guts of Seattle's Bertha tunneling machine</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136360737/drones-for-good-the-uae-s-million-dollar-drone-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drones for Good: the UAE's million-dollar drone competition</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149949315/unequal-scenes-drone-images-reveal-cape-town-s-architecture-of-apartheid Unequal Scenes: drone images reveal Cape Town's "architecture of apartheid" Alexander Walter 2016-06-03T18:54:00-04:00 >2016-06-06T11:38:17-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/57/574m3ry9a77tlkka.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/57/574m3ry9a77tlkka.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/57/574m3ry9a77tlkka.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/57/574m3ry9a77tlkka.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In any city, space is a commodity. In South African cities space is historical and emotional. A new photo series by an American living in Cape Town captures the dramatic inequality of South Africa&rsquo;s most beloved city. From an aerial view, Cape Town&rsquo;s scenic beauty gives way to a stark reminder of the country&rsquo;s past and the continued racial segregation. [...] &ldquo;Looking straight down from a height of several hundred meters, incredible scenes of inequality emerge,&rdquo; he writes on his website.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On his website, <a href="http://www.unequalscenes.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unequal Scenes</a>, the creator of the aerial imagery, Johnny Miller, writes:</p><p>"Discrepancies in how people live are sometimes hard to see from the ground. The beauty of being able to fly is to see things from a new perspective - to see things as they really are. Looking straight down from a height of several hundred meters, incredible scenes of inequality emerge. Some communities have been expressly designed with separation in mind, and some have grown more or less organically."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/57/57ps4ty1eo0lthb1.jpg"></p><p>"During apartheid, segregation of urban spaces was instituted as policy. Roads, rivers, &ldquo;buffer zones&rdquo; of empty land, and other barriers were constructed and modified to keep people separate. 22 years after the end of apartheid, many of these barriers, and the inequalities they have engendered, still exist.&nbsp;Oftentimes, communities of extreme wealth and privilege will exist just meters from squalid conditions and shack dwellings."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b9/b9tjhwf53z5qvw1z.jpg"></p><p>"My desire with this project is to portray the most Unequal Scenes in ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149944052/this-drone-video-takes-you-on-a-fascinating-flight-through-the-guts-of-seattle-s-bertha-tunneling-machine This drone video takes you on a fascinating flight through the guts of Seattle's Bertha tunneling machine Alexander Walter 2016-05-06T15:15:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T11:13:41-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/re/reg9ox3rpd9076p4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/re/reg9ox3rpd9076p4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/re/reg9ox3rpd9076p4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/re/reg9ox3rpd9076p4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>As Seattle&rsquo;s&nbsp;Alaskan Way Viaduct sat free of cars&nbsp;overhead and drivers attempted to move around the city during the roadway&rsquo;s planned 2-week closure, a new drone video Tuesday showcased again what all the fuss is about.&nbsp;A view inside the&nbsp;SR 99 tunnel won&rsquo;t get much better than this until you&rsquo;re actually able to drive through it. [...] The 4-minute video captures what has been built behind nearly 1,600 feet of mining along Seattle&rsquo;s waterfront.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ba/baaed0f72aa705e976317bafdfa7876a.jpg"></p><p>Bertha previously in the Archinect news: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124744662/seattle-s-massive-bertha-tunnel-drill-is-up-for-repair-but-still-faces-a-shaky-outlook" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle's massive Bertha tunnel drill is up for repair, but still faces a shaky outlook</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149937488/here-comes-the-dronescraper Here comes the "dronescraper" Julia Ingalls 2016-03-31T15:23:00-04:00 >2016-03-31T18:17:22-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u1/u1xjakdkp9gtti13.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u1/u1xjakdkp9gtti13.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u1/u1xjakdkp9gtti13.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u1/u1xjakdkp9gtti13.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A drone skyscraper has been proposed by designers Hadeel Ayed Mohammed, Yifeng Zhao and Chengda Zhu that acts as a central control terminal for drones to dock and recharge, situated in the heart of Manhattan. The &lsquo;dronescraper&rsquo;, dubbed &lsquo;the hive&rsquo; has been proposed as an alternative to Rafael Vinoy&rsquo;s 432 Park Avenue superstructure, which is set to become the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nq/nq0xhcsx73f52irf.jpg"></p><p>The skyscraper has been undergoing some significant design reconceptualizations lately. Here's a round-up of the most interesting takes:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149580668/a-closer-look-at-big-s-west-57th-street-courtscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at BIG's West 57th Street "courtscraper"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/123295837/screen-print-30-soiled-s-cloudscrapers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Print #30: SOILED's "Cloudscrapers"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135648126/a-bamboo-skyscraper-fosters-public-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A bamboo skyscraper fosters public life</a></li></ul><p>&#8203;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p4/p4lqdtiv07c97r2j.jpg"></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/146118787/to-better-predict-sea-level-rise-scientists-resort-to-crowdsourcing-and-ask-drone-owners-to-help-create-data To better predict sea level rise, scientists resort to crowdsourcing and ask drone owners to help create data Alexander Walter 2016-01-19T14:24:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T21:08:53-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/q1/q1efu2z8lcfk91rp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/q1/q1efu2z8lcfk91rp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/q1/q1efu2z8lcfk91rp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/q1/q1efu2z8lcfk91rp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Using drones for aerial photography has been a source of controversy for several years now. But amid increasing concerns over privacy and safety, some conservation scientists are hoping drone owners will help them to document sea level rise. With an expected increase in storm activity in the Pacific Ocean this winter, scientists believe they are getting a glimpse of the impacts of climate change on coastlines.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To see an interactive example of a&nbsp;DroneDeploy-stitched high-resolution map, click <a href="https://www.dronedeploy.com/app/viewer?lng=-118.936144153&amp;lat=34.044211625&amp;zoom=17.0&amp;token=eyJhbGciOiJIUzUxMiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJ0eXBlIjoiUHVibGljVmlld2VyIiwiaWQiOiI1Njk5NDU1NTE2MWJlMjAwMGFlZjQxOTEiLCJleHAiOjI1MzQwMjMwMDc5OX0.TFovFDGOncH_M3p_R4-KIRxuhin-6mQL49sCJ9jzkng072hd5BVMGwpq1AWSHbqSzUIZmyOJd6xjNvPEd_WPbw&amp;view=569a74e2dd322724233846ac" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145287841/the-ehang-passenger-drone-might-be-another-way-people-will-get-around-town-someday" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ehang passenger drone might be another way people will get around town someday</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143994632/license-and-registration-please-new-faa-regulations-mandate-drone-registration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">License and registration, please: new FAA regulations mandate drone registration</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135672288/construction-update-more-unofficial-drone-footage-of-apple-s-spaceship-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/145287841/the-ehang-passenger-drone-might-be-another-way-people-will-get-around-town-someday The Ehang passenger drone might be another way people will get around town someday Justine Testado 2016-01-08T19:54:00-05:00 >2016-01-12T13:07:16-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/93/93xeww9t75s21v8p.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/93/93xeww9t75s21v8p.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/93/93xeww9t75s21v8p.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/93/93xeww9t75s21v8p.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The idea behind the Chinese-built 184 is that users will simply get in, power it up, select their destination using a 12-inch touchscreen tablet display, then press the 'take-off' button. The drone's automated flight systems will take over from there, managing tasks such as communication with air traffic control and other aircraft, obstacle avoidance, and of course navigation...</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141436229/in-lidar-we-trust-poking-the-subconscious-of-autonomous-vehicles-with-special-guest-geoff-manaugh-on-archinect-sessions-43" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Self-driving cars</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127354099/baidu-is-building-self-driving-smartbikes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">self-driving bikes</a>, the Hyperloop slowly becoming <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145191434/a-first-look-at-the-hyperloop-s-real-tubes-and-imagined-winged-terminals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a reality</a>, what's next for urban mobility? Self-driving passenger drones, of course. Smart-drone enterprise&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ehang.com/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ehang</a>&nbsp;unveiled a single-seat, battery-powered&nbsp;Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV) called <a href="http://www.ehang.com/ehang184" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Ehang 184 </a>at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.&nbsp;The quadcopter was built for short-to-medium-distance personal transit, and users won't need a piloting license to operate it. Apparently, it'll be commercially available later this year for $200,000-$300,000, Gizmag writes. If this technology really *ahem* takes off, the FAA will surely have a field day <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143994632/license-and-registration-please-new-faa-regulations-mandate-drone-registration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">regulating it</a>.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/143994632/license-and-registration-please-new-faa-regulations-mandate-drone-registration License and registration, please: new FAA regulations mandate drone registration Nicholas Korody 2015-12-22T19:09:00-05:00 >2015-12-23T18:51:54-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6s/6sr46udp24n5cbmw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6s/6sr46udp24n5cbmw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6s/6sr46udp24n5cbmw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6s/6sr46udp24n5cbmw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Starting on Monday, individuals who own recreational drones will have to register their devices with the Federal Aviation Administration. The mandatory registration program applies to drones that weigh between 0.55 and 55 pounds.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the report, drones that were purchased before yesterday have to be registered by February 19th, 2016. If you buy a drone in the future, then you'll have to register it before flying it for the first time.<br><br>If you don't, prepare to pay a steep fine: up to $27,500. That being said, registration is only $5 and you can do it online. If you register within 30 days of the law going into effect (on Jan. 20), then the fee will be waived. It's pretty much a no-brainer.</p><p>For more info, check out the FAA's <a href="http://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/aircraft_certification/aircraft_registry/UA/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">instructions</a>.&nbsp;Happy droning!</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/142516207/hack-the-city Hack The City Nam Henderson 2015-12-03T21:00:00-05:00 >2015-12-03T18:55:27-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nc/nconnnam25r3t8tm.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nc/nconnnam25r3t8tm.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nc/nconnnam25r3t8tm.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nc/nconnnam25r3t8tm.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>NBBJ calls the concept No-Shadow Tower, though it would be more accurate to call it the Smaller-Shadow-From-One-of-Two-Towers, since it depends on a pair of buildings separated by an open space. For that reason, the technique is an awkward fit for New York</p></em><br /><br /><p>A weeklong series of ideas for improving urban life, ranging from an examination of how&nbsp;<a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/12/next-gen-drones-will-fix-nycs-infrastructure.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next-Generation Drones Will Save New York City&rsquo;s Infrastructure</a>, to how new building designs will usher in&nbsp;<a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/11/welcome-to-the-age-of-shadowless-skyscrapers.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Age of Shadowless Skyscrapers</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/137181160/begin-your-week-with-this-serene-video-of-two-drones-building-a-bridge-by-themselves Begin your week with this serene video of two drones building a bridge by themselves Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-21T12:56:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T17:19:59-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b0/b0ysaft25t6xi9hw.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b0/b0ysaft25t6xi9hw.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b0/b0ysaft25t6xi9hw.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b0/b0ysaft25t6xi9hw.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>These magnanimous drones, themselves having no need for a footbridge, build a suspension bridge for their human underlings in the <a href="http://www.FlyingMachineArena.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flying Machine Arena</a> laboratory of ETH Zurich.</p><p></p><p>Developed as part of ongoing research in aerial construction, these two quadrocopters are capable of building the entire bridge by dispensing a motorized spool of Dyneema rope between two scaffolding surfaces, using a combination of knots, braids and wraps. When the drones are finished, the triumphant researchers walk from one end to the other.</p><p><em>Video credits:&nbsp;</em><em>Aerial construction is a collaboration between the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control and Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2015</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/136360737/drones-for-good-the-uae-s-million-dollar-drone-competition Drones for Good: the UAE's million-dollar drone competition Nicholas Korody 2015-09-10T18:58:00-04:00 >2015-09-10T18:58:37-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hz/hzql540hgjwlpn63.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hz/hzql540hgjwlpn63.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hz/hzql540hgjwlpn63.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hz/hzql540hgjwlpn63.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>...From seemingly out of nowhere, a large quad-rotor drone drops out the cloudless sky over Dubai Internet City, hovering insect-like just above the heads of the men, watching them with camera-eyes. Before they can even notice, a squad of policemen &ndash; wearing helmets, body armour, and carrying assault rifles &ndash; rush them... Welcome to Dubai, and to one of the more awkward moments of an already odd competition called Drones For Good. We&rsquo;re here to watch teams compete for a million-dollar prize...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/135672288/construction-update-more-unofficial-drone-footage-of-apple-s-spaceship-campus Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus Justine Testado 2015-09-01T23:48:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T20:53:17-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ic/icqowhtanjplgruc.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ic/icqowhtanjplgruc.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ic/icqowhtanjplgruc.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ic/icqowhtanjplgruc.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Apple's "spaceship" campus continues to be a hotspot for drones to film the project gradually coming to life. One of those drones belongs to Silicon Valley-based photographer/videographer <a href="http://www.sinfiel.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Duncan Sinfield</a>, who posted a new video today showing the latest additions to the campus. As Sinfield pilots his&nbsp;DJI Inspire 1 over the construction site, the resulting video is intermittently overlapped by flashback footage that was shot exactly one month ago for some rough comparisons. Adding a somewhat surreal vibe, the late Steve Jobs "narrates" the footage as he describes the campus to the Cupertino City Council in a 2011 clip.</p><p>Check out the video right below.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/128712543/nasa-and-verizon-to-partner-to-monitor-drones-in-the-us Nasa and Verizon to partner to monitor drones in the US Nicholas Korody 2015-06-03T13:43:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T20:10:57-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/h8/h8pbug3469c1if2l.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/h8/h8pbug3469c1if2l.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/h8/h8pbug3469c1if2l.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/h8/h8pbug3469c1if2l.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Verizon, the US&rsquo;s largest wireless telecom company, is developing technology with Nasa to direct and monitor America&rsquo;s growing fleet of civilian and commercial drones from its network of phone towers. According to documents obtained by the Guardian, Verizon signed an agreement last year with Nasa &ldquo;to jointly explore whether cell towers &hellip; could support communications and surveillance of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) at low altitudes&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Currently, the Federal Aviation Authority doesn't have recourse to adequate resources or personnel to monitor rapidly-increasing drone traffic. Nasa's new unmanned aircraft traffic management system hopes to be able to enable "safe low-altitude drone flights" soon. By partnering with Verizon, they would be able to take advantage of the nation's largest provider of cellphone service. As Missy Cummings, professor of aeronautics at Duke University states, "We can already track phones like crazy...[so the plan is]&nbsp;a nice alternative to saturating an already broken air traffic control system.&rdquo;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/127185825/a-competition-entry-for-evolo-2015-that-doesn-t-include-a-skyscraper A competition entry for Evolo 2015 that doesn't include a skyscraper studiostag 2015-05-13T00:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T21:52:29-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/10/10oiag8e24r40gqf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/10/10oiag8e24r40gqf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/10/10oiag8e24r40gqf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/10/10oiag8e24r40gqf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>We have new technologies in architecture those makes us feel excited when we see them applied on a facade, a roof etc. or simply used for designing. That gives us ideas about what we can design with which technologies. And we honestly believe that designing a building with high ecologic qualities is the only responsibility we have. In most of the cases that's correct. But do you really not responsible what happens while that building is being constructed.</p><p>In a construction site thousands of vehicles brings you materials. Those lorries, trucks etc. are not eco-friendly at all! You construct support structures only to construct the main thing and you say you can recycle those. Recycling is a good deed but the process itself has lots of disadvantages like unsafe and unhygienic recycling sites, and the recycled materials starts to have a shorter lifespan. And do you have any excuse of having people work on dangerous construction sites, especially when you construct a skyscraper! Even tho...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/121764468/get-a-drone-s-eye-view-of-foster-partners-masdar-city-in-abu-dhabi Get a drone's eye view of Foster + Partners' Masdar City in Abu Dhabi Justine Testado 2015-02-27T22:00:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T21:14:27-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/df/df2vs028vvzimei0.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/df/df2vs028vvzimei0.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/df/df2vs028vvzimei0.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/df/df2vs028vvzimei0.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>UK/Dubai-based media company <a href="http://electriclimeproductions.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Electric Lime Productions</a> recently released a film for the Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi called "The Arcology", defined as "a vision of architectural design principles for very densely populated habitats (hyperstructures)"</p><p>The short video below is a highlight from a student recruitment film, showing off beautiful aerial shots of Foster + Partners' solar-powered Masdar City and its desert landscape -- all captured by drone.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/120603273/flyability-s-gimball-a-bouncy-lightweight-drone-for-safe-search-and-rescue-building-navigation Flyability's Gimball: A bouncy, lightweight drone for safe, search-and-rescue building navigation Justine Testado 2015-02-12T20:33:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T21:27:15-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yw/ywbo0ugklxpjkr7c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yw/ywbo0ugklxpjkr7c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yw/ywbo0ugklxpjkr7c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yw/ywbo0ugklxpjkr7c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Despite its odd appearance, the Gimball is the first collision-tolerant drone that could prove itself useful in a variety of applications, from everyday tasks to hazardous situations. Designed by <a href="http://www.flyability.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flyability</a>, the Gimball recently won a $1 million prize in the UAE's Drones for Good international competition, which aims to transform emerging drone technologies into practical solutions to improve everyday living.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yc/yccxnh9cdae278u0.jpg"></p><p>The Gimball's most outlandish feature is its strength. The drone's spherical lightweight cage enables it to bounce off obstacles and roll on any surface to keep itself stable in complex environments or indoor settings. It can also safely fly in close contact around humans while operating, thus making it possibly useful for tasks like delivering goods or becoming a potential aid for first-responders in emergency conditions like post-disaster search and rescue.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fs/fs547fy7bx5rlmi9.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3g/3gbqaqdwojbhu6j9.jpg"></p><p>Equipped with an HD camera, the Gimball can be used as a safer alternative in conducting inspections in industrial facilit...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/118490837/take-a-drone-tour-of-nyc-s-hearst-tower-with-norman-foster Take a Drone Tour of NYC's Hearst Tower with Norman Foster Diane Pham 2015-01-16T11:46:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:54:51-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wj/wjdhx5tjlnggg0cy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wj/wjdhx5tjlnggg0cy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wj/wjdhx5tjlnggg0cy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wj/wjdhx5tjlnggg0cy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In 2006, the doors of the Hearst Tower were swung open for business. The design of starchitect Norman Foster, the building was one of the most cutting-edge of its time, lauded for its diagrid form, its green construction, and the then-radical approach of marrying the old with the new... Now, a decade later, Foster has returned to the Hearst Tower to mark its anniversary and reflect on his creation.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/117649070/drone-footage-shows-the-latest-construction-status-of-the-foster-designed-apple-campus Drone footage shows the latest construction status of the Foster-designed Apple campus Archinect 2015-01-05T11:55:00-05:00 >2015-01-07T11:58:16-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f8/f84dsbfn6543u0fh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f8/f84dsbfn6543u0fh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f8/f84dsbfn6543u0fh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f8/f84dsbfn6543u0fh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Construction is moving along on Apple's new concentric campus dubbed the "spaceship". Today high resolution drone footage was released (unofficially) showing the current status.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/111951739/hummingbird-drones-and-other-bio-inspired-robotics Hummingbird Drones and other Bio-inspired Robotics Nicholas Korody 2014-10-23T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:06:39-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o4/o4ugzwign72o6ykt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o4/o4ugzwign72o6ykt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o4/o4ugzwign72o6ykt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o4/o4ugzwign72o6ykt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Birds have remarkable flight capabilities...They make it look effortless, but engineering a drone to do the same is anything but. It&rsquo;s a major engineering feat to harness the evolutionary talents of a bird and translate them into a robot that can deliver packages to your doorstep. By understanding how birds have mastered the ability to swoop and dive, [Stanford professor David] Lentink and his team [of mechanical engineers] hope to inform microdrone design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Similar to biomimicry (and its correspondent field of architectural thinking), <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bio-inspired_robotics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bio-inspired design</a> takes it cues from biological systems, although it entails simplification, enhancement and non-mimetic adaptation of observed phenomena rather than replication. Bio-inspired robotics, specifically, is a rather new field, although its origins can be traced back to the earliest engineering projects. For example, Leonardo Da Vinci famously studied birds, in particular kites, when he drew out plans for wings that could enable human flight.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xo/xoj9trami6zq1qf5.jpg"></p><p>The US military is a major player in the field of bio-inspired robotics. In 2011, the&nbsp;<a title="DARPA" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DARPA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency</a>&nbsp;(DARPA) released images of its own hummingbird-inspired drones, pictured above. Manufactured by AeroVironment <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AeroVironment_Nano_Hummingbird" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Nano Air Vehicle&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;is capable of flying along three axes of motion as well as hovering in mid-air. Equipped with a small camera, the&nbsp;19&nbsp;gram drone is small enough to surveil without attracting much attention.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0o/0ozuwct4o3mozaqj.jpg"></p><p>DARPA stud...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/108098517/dronevertising-makes-real-life-pop-up-ads ‘Dronevertising’ Makes Real Life Pop-Up Ads Alexander Walter 2014-09-03T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T13:51:32-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5f/5fd15393b6848396857a69d7d6c93001?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5f/5fd15393b6848396857a69d7d6c93001?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5f/5fd15393b6848396857a69d7d6c93001?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5f/5fd15393b6848396857a69d7d6c93001?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>It was only a matter of time before someone saw the commercial potential of drones. Their compact size and swift mobility makes them ideal vehicles for transporting goods and information around the crowded streets of a city. Amazon has recently been testing the potential for drone deliveries, but Russian creative agency Hungry Boys&rsquo; campaign has brought a new dimension to both advertising and drone use.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105808748/martha-stewart-in-the-age-of-drone-photography" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martha Stewart in the age of drone photography</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/106649647/flying-robots-monitoring-failing-infrastructure Flying Robots Monitoring Failing Infrastructure Nicholas Korody 2014-08-15T19:19:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T19:20:50-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9p/9p2spnsz2cp9cnny.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9p/9p2spnsz2cp9cnny.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9p/9p2spnsz2cp9cnny.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9p/9p2spnsz2cp9cnny.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>As a report from the Obama administration warns that one in four bridges in the United States needs significant repair or cannot handle automobile traffic, engineers are employing wireless sensors and flying robots that could have the potential to help authorities monitor the condition of bridges in real time.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/105937332/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-4-2014-musk-martha-and-monuments Weekly News Round-Up for August 4, 2014: Musk, Martha and monuments Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T15:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T15:57:10-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y6/y6sa3nbrnw2xq3x2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y6/y6sa3nbrnw2xq3x2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y6/y6sa3nbrnw2xq3x2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y6/y6sa3nbrnw2xq3x2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 8</strong>:</p><ul><li><a title="Guggenheim Bullies Journalist" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106106156/guggenheim-bullies-journalist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Bullies Journalist</a>: Molly Crabapple reports for <em>Vice</em> on inhumane immigrant labor conditions on Saadiyat island in the UAE,&nbsp;where a new arm of the Guggenheim (and Louvre, and NYU) is being built. The Guggenheim holds its cards close and skirts responsibility when Crabapple pushes for answers.</li><li><a title='Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106097322/controversial-new-app-will-keep-you-away-from-sketchy-areas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas</a>: "SketchFactor" rates an area's "sketchiness" based on crowd-sourced local data. Critics are worried that the app will amplify racial profiling and encourage stereotyping.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 7:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016117/gentrification-and-the-persistence-of-poor-minority-neighborhoods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods</a>: Harvard sociologists identify another determinant in the gentrification debate: racial composition. Their report, focusing on Chicago, found that a neighborhood's economic redevelopment depended on certain thresholds of black and white residents.</li><li><a title="Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an international architectural body " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016118/archbishop-emeritus-desmond-tutu-called-for-the-suspension-of-the-israeli-architects-association-from-an-international-architectural-body" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an intern...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/105808748/martha-stewart-in-the-age-of-drone-photography Martha Stewart in the age of drone photography Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-05T13:18:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:55:24-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5p/5pp2gtxg24bhrkp1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5p/5pp2gtxg24bhrkp1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5p/5pp2gtxg24bhrkp1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5p/5pp2gtxg24bhrkp1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In just a few minutes I was hooked. . . The photos and video were stunning. By assuming unusual vantage points, the drone allowed me to &ldquo;see&rdquo; so much more of my surroundings than usual. [The view] would have otherwise been impossible without the use of a private plane, helicopter, or balloon. With any of those vehicles, I would have needed a telephoto lens, and all of them would have made an unacceptable commotion on the beach. What&rsquo;s more, I would not have been in the photos!</p></em><br /><br /><p>Purveyor of all things "Good", Martha Stewart has added her two color-coded cents to the debate on drones in a nearly <a href="http://time.com/3053003/martha-stewart-drone/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gleeful op-ed for <em>TIME</em> magazine</a>. Titled "Why I Love My Drone", Stewart gushes about her new "useful tool" and marvels at how large-scale planning projects like Chateau de Versailles and the Great Wall of China were accomplished without such imaging technology. Seeing aerial views of her private farm, she's tickled by its resemblance to her Peter Rabbit-themed Easter cakes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c6/c651d1ng807e3x0t.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zl/zlcap1midkpvkhg3.jpg"></p><p>Stewart's approach to drone photography is craftily optimistic, and while she recognizes the grave implications of militarized drone technology, she's not going to wrinkle her dinner napkin wringing her hands over it. But Stewart's adoption of the drone is a strong sign of the technology's mainstream commercial appeal. <a href="http://www.joaomorgado.com/eng/aerial-photography" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Professional photographers</a>, filmmakers, <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/pro/drone-use-real-estate-marketing-112159/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">real estate developers</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100171363/gensler-la-wants-to-use-drones-to-alleviate-the-scale-limits-of-3d-printing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architects</a> have embraced the drone's utility for affording new, choreographed views (<a href="http://realtormag.realtor.org/law-and-ethics/briefs/article/2014/03/drones-in-real-estate-not-so-fast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">even if the law hasn't</a>). The dr...</p>