When it comes to technology, there are certainly some ‘out there’ ideas, but it’s the creativity of these ideas that keep innovation moving forward.
Charles Bombardier, a mechanical engineer from Canada has come up with a concept that calls for a change in the way we shape our high-rise buildings in order to cater for the growing use of drones.
Drones have risen dramatically in popularity over the years for entertainment purposes and even in the development and real estate industries, for uses like aerial photography, mapping and surveying or asset inspection. Even big companies like Amazon and Australia Post are playing with the idea of using drones for delivering packages and online-ordered small goods.
For drones to be effective in this type of business, it's preferred they interact with houses that have enough space for a safe landing. Meanwhile, body corporates tend to restrict the use of drones around the tenants in their apartment buildings, fearing the layout and makeup of their building renders a drone's movement unsafe.
But Bombardier believes tall buildings and apartment residents deserve to get in on the rising popularity and mainstream use of drones.
As a result, he has revealed his latest idea: the ‘Drone Tower’.
Developed in collaboration with Ashish Thulkar, an industrial designer from India, the Drone Tower is imagined as a futuristic apartment building where every residence comes with its own personal landing pad, specifically for the use of small electric aircraft and shipping drones. Bombardier’s design allows for the possibility of private drone deliveries to an apartment’s landing pad.
The pads also include retractable handrails, so when the pads are not being accessed to deliver a customer's late night online purchase, they can double as usable balconies.
Bombardier also believes, according to an article he wrote for Wired, that the possibility of personal flying vehicles is not as far away as many might think. His Drone Tower, while allowing for drone delivery services, would also cater for personal transport.
“You wouldn’t need to buy your own drone, you’d simply order a ride with an app like a taxi—and hop in right from your terrace,” he says; an idea that would alter the building’s design further by removing the need for internal lifts and stairs.
Bombardier is hoping that the idea might intrigue some innovative architectural firm, who could invest in a ‘drone-ready’ condo tower in the near future. But he is fully aware that vital regulations will need to be implemented regarding air traffic and urban flight, and safety standards would need to be rigorously tested.
Of course it could take decades until such an idea is deemed safe and viable for the public. It's a concept that lies in the distant future, and there are a number of logical reasons why a ‘drone tower’ would never see the light of day. But the take-away point is that ideas like this tower represent the headspace of our current innovators and their vision for tomorrow.
With thinking such as this, who knows what the world of development and construction has in store for us in the future.
Images sourced from Wired, courtesy of Ashish Thulkar.