Drones will introduce a "serious change" to architecture and cities- Mark Dytham



Drones will transform the way buildings are designed, how they look and how they are used, according to architect Mark Dytham.

Dytham, co-founder of the Tokyo-based studio, Klein Dytham Architecture, said that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) would rapidly replace road transport for deliveries, which means that buildings would begin to create "germinating branches".

Further, drones that transport people would lead to a complete rethink of how the buildings work, because the occupants and visitors would no longer need to enter ground level and could fly directly to any floor.

This will begin to change the spatial perceptions of people, as they get used to seeing the world of air rather than just from the ground.

"In the future, you will encounter the architecture of drones," he said. "They will change the way architecture is perceived, we will see all the buildings from above, we will cease to be earthly creatures, we will see things in a vertical dimension."

Dytham is already using a quad machine to search for sites, inspect the quality of the construction and photograph the completed buildings. But he said that the next few years would bring more dramatic changes as battery technology improves and UAVs would be able to carry heavier loads.

UAVs will begin to become a key transportation medium in urban areas, he predicted, which would further change the shape of the buildings.

"You can land on a balcony," he said. "You can land on a roof and other perches. The architecture will begin to germinate branches so that you land.


Since the launch of the first experimental drone delivery company in 2013, interest in the use of standalone flying machines to ship goods has exploded
The delivery companies were already making plans to deliver goods via drones, he said, which would save time and reduce congestion. "One of the biggest problems in cities right now is that all these vans deliver things to the buildings," he said. "In the future, deliveries will be landed on the roof by a drone. It's a profound change."

Since the first experimental drone company launched in 2013, the interest in the use of autonomous flying machines for the shipment of goods has exploded. Amazon invests heavily in drones and, last December, made its first commercial delivery, using a UAV to deliver a bag of popcorn to a house in Cambridgeshire, England.

Transportation will move from roads to heavens

That would change the fabric of cities, "said Dytham. "The warehouses outside the city will be smaller and closer to the city to be within close range of drone drones, and cities will not have to repair their bridges and roads. 20 minutes in the drone taxis. "

Dytham bought its first drone two years ago and immediately began using it on projects, for example to explore sites and photograph complete buildings. It has recently been upgraded to a Mavic Pro, a foldable quadculter that has a 4k camera and that can be controlled by a smartphone.


Dytham uses a Mavic Pro, a foldable quadculter that has a 4k camera and can be controlled by a smartphone
"He gives a different spatial awareness of the site," he said. "We recently had to work in the countryside and we needed to look at the trees, but getting a tree survey is very expensive, but we can do it very easily with a drone." We stole the drone at a height of 100 meters And we assembled the photos in Photoshop. "We looked at the site in one morning, we printed the photos and calculated the size of the tree canopy."

Dytham uses the Mavic Pro to photograph his company's buildings from outside and inside, using his "tripod" mode to capture still pictures as well as movie sequences while the drone moves.

As the drone photography becomes more widespread, architects will begin to consider how their buildings look from the air, he predicted.

Buildings will have to do without air

"You have to be careful what your roof looks like now," he said. "You can not just throw the whole plant on the roof Moreover. You have to be really careful when you put things right. "

Another advantage of drones is their ability to get closer to buildings and detect problems, said Dytham, who recently used his Mavic Pro to identify the cause of a leak on the roof of his sister's house.

"For the maintenance of buildings, to fly around a building and watch what is wrong, the potential is phenomenal," he said.


Earlier this month, the German company Lilium successfully tested a two-jet electric jet plane designed to compete with taxis in cities
But the longer-term impact of the technology is deeper, he believed. "When I had my first drone, I immediately realized that we will travel in the future," he said. "In five years, we will enter a vehicle with propellers and travel around."

His comments are the subject of comments published last year by transportation designer Paul Priestman, who told Dezeen that single-engine electric vehicles would be commonplace in the future.

"We have these electric drones flying everywhere," he said, adding that the electric plane carrying passengers was only large-scale versions of drones. "I think it's going to be really interesting," he added. "This could be the beginning of personalized transport."

Earlier this month, the German company Lilium successfully tested a two-seater electric jet engine designed to compete with taxis in cities.

Mark Dytham runs Klein Dytham Architecture with co-founder Astrid Klein. Recent projects include a dome-shaped community hall in Soma for people affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, and a public convenience with a digital facade named Japanese Toilet of the Year.
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