AERIAL FUTURES: LAKE VICTORIA CHALLENGE
OCTOBER 29-31, 2018
The emergence of drone technologies necessitates an entirely new architectural typology. Droneports must enable safe, cheap and easy landing for drones operating within a network. But beyond logistics, droneports also create opportunities for new civic spaces. Clean, beautiful and quiet, droneports may offer more appealing sites for community and cultural life than their petrol station predecessors. Sites for cargo delivery could potentially house pharmacies, postal services, public plazas, e-commerce marketplaces — especially digital fabrication for drones and other robots. The potential scale and value of this proposition is enormous: much like every European town once had a train station, we envision a future in which every African town has a droneport.
AERIAL FUTURES: Lake Victoria Challenge provokes discussion about these new architectural interfaces between land and sky, furthering imaginative discussion about scalability, economic and civic value, construction, local and sustainable materials, and programmatic diversity. Building on the 2016 Droneport Project, initiated by EPFL-Afrotech and designed by Foster + Partners, AERIAL FUTURES: Lake Victoria Challenge explores imaginary architectural approaches that enhance the shared economic value and scalability of drone ports in remote, rural areas, including private-public partnerships and financing business models. The think tank will produce design sketches for droneports in Mwanza and Juma Island, where the Lake Victoria Challenge will take place in June 2019.