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Watch: How Drones will change cities

This vision of the future is set out in ELEVATION, a new documentary created by the online UK architecture magazine Dezeen.

“Aerial highways” will relieve pressure on roads as deliveries and human transportation take to the skies in unmanned electric vehicles.

Architecture will change dramatically as the ground floor entrance is replaced by rooftop landing, parking and recharging zones and deliveries arrive via specially constructed portals on the sides of buildings.

The 90-second trailer, released today’ contains previously unseen footage of ‘Dragonfly’, a new concept by transportation designers PriestmanGoode that will see items delivered direct to people’s apartments by a swarm of drones.

“It’s going to be this cloud of wasps everywhere.”

“Delivery drones are here right now, said designer Paul Priestman, chairman of PriestmanGoode, in the trailer. “You can go online and see them delivering objects. And I think the next step is going to be humans travelling by drones.”

“Ten or fifteen years ago drones were immensely expensive, complex objects. Now you can buy them at a toy shop,” he says in the film.

“I think you could well see the development of aerial highways,” said architect Norman Foster, founder of Foster + Partners.

“There are a lot of implications of drones changing the way architecture is perceived and also in the future the way architecture is built,” said Hans-Ulrich Obrist, artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries.

“Parking for drones will be on the top of buildings. Recharging will be on the top of buildings,” said architect Mark Dytham, co-founder of Klein Dytham Architecture. “It’s going to be this cloud of wasps everywhere.”

The full 20-minute ELEVATION documentary will be released in May.

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