Dezeen presents ELEVATION: a film about how drones will change cities

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Drones will transform cities, revolutionising how people travel, how goods are delivered and how buildings look and are constructed, according to a documentary by 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.

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

The trailer includes exclusive footage of Dragonfly, a new concept for delivery drones by PriestmanGoode

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.

The trailer for ELEVATION is being screened today at the GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong, as part of a conference session about the future of travel.

Leading figures from the worlds of architecture and technology have been interviewed exclusively for the movie.

Humans will soon be travelling by drone

"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."

He added: "Ten or fifteen years ago drones were immensely expensive, complex objects. Now you can buy them at a toy shop."

"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.

Footage from Liam Young's futuristic In the Robot Skies movie features in the trailer

"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."

"Drones are like an expanded consciousness; an extra eye that allows us to reach places that otherwise we would never reach," said Marina Otero, director of research at Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Drones are "potentially as disruptive as the internet"

Speculative architect Liam Young said: "Now that drones are in the hands of every person in the street, they're potentially as disruptive as the internet."

The documentary features interviews with Norman Foster, Paul Priestman, Mark Dytham, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Liam Young, Anab Jain, Marina Otero Verzier, Ammar Mirjan, Clemens Weisshaar and Ed Reeve.

A trailer of the movie will be unveiled at the GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong, 21-24 March 2018. The trailer will be available on this page following the launch.

The full 20-minute ELEVATION documentary will be released in May 2018.

Dezeen founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs, who also co-directed ELEVATION, is available for interview.

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Pauline Zberro
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