Drones for Africa
The Norman Foster Foundation
Venecia, Italia
Crear una red de hangares para drones en África

A droneport project for Africa with an initial plan for three buildings to be completed by 2020, and a larger network so that every small town in Africa can have its own droneport by 2030: this is the ambition of the first project of the foundation created by Norman Foster and recently established in Madrid. The EPFL approached Foster with the concept because of his combination of airport design experience and knowledge of flight as a pilot of sailplanes, helicopters, and aircraft. The Droneport is devised as a ‘kit-of-parts’ including the basic formwork and brick-press machinery. Built by the communities, the raw materials are locally sourced, reducing transport costs and making it more sustainable. Combining the latest drone technology with traditional vault construction, the Norman Foster Foundation proposes building a network of droneports to deliver medical supplies and other necessities to areas of Africa that are difficult to access due to a lack of infrastructure. The pilot project is based in Rwanda. The structures rest on four stone bases and are built using two layers of brick. The elements are modular, so multiple vaults can also link together to form flexible spaces based on demand and needs.

Drones for Africa  - Norman Foster Concept Sketch 1 31
©Norman Foster Concept Scketch
Drones for Africa  - Hanger and Workshop 33
Drones for Africa  - Norman Foster Concept Sketch 2 35
Drones for Africa  - Droneport A22 37
Drones for Africa  - c Nigel Young and The Norman Foster Foundation 3 39
©Nigel Young and The Norman Foster Foundation

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