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Drone Futures

UAS in Landscape and Urban Design

Paul Cureton (Lancaster University, UK)



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CRC Press Inc
30 July 2020
Drone Futures explores new paradigms in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in landscape and urban design. UAS or drones can be deployed with direct application to the built environment; this book explores the myriad of contemporary and future possibilities of the design medium, its aesthetic, mapping agency, AI, mobility and contribution to smart cities.

Drones present innovative possibilities, operating in a 'hover space' between human scales of landscape observation and light aircraft providing a unique resolution of space. This book shows how UAS can be utilised to provide new perspectives on spatial layout, landscape and urban conditions, data capture for construction monitoring and simulation of design proposals.

Author Paul Cureton examines both the philosophical use of these tools and practical steps for implementation by designers. Illustrated in full colour throughout, Drone Futures discusses UAS and their connectivity to other design technologies and processes, including mapping and photogrammetry, AR/VR, drone AI and drones for construction and fabrication, new mobilities, smart cities and city information models (CIMs). It is specifically geared towards professionals seeking to understand UAS applications and future development and students seeking an understanding of the role of drones and airspace in the built environment and its powerful geographic imaginary.

With international contributions, multidisciplinary sources and case studies, Drone Futures examines new powers of flight for visualising, interpreting and presenting landscapes and urban spaces of tomorrow.
By:   Paul Cureton (Lancaster University UK)
Imprint:   CRC Press Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 174mm, 
Weight:   567g
ISBN:   9780815380511
ISBN 10:   0815380518
Pages:   222
Publication Date:   30 July 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction Introduction Drone Terms and the Hover Space Drone's Eye Applications Mapping Drone Futures Chapter 1 - Drone Aesthetics and Hover Space Introduction Hover Space Vertical Aesthetics A wave of Verticals Chapter 2 - Drone Mapping and AI Drone Mapping: Stacking, Fusing Reality Capture and Voids FPV/VR/AR Drone AI Chapter 3 - Urban Air Mobility Urban Air Mobility Drone Delivery Speculative Innovation VTOL Drone and Skyports Chapter 4 - Digital Twins, Smart Cities and Drones People in the Digital City Technological Stacking and Fusing City Digital Twins and Responsive UAS CIMs for Smart Cities Conclusion Drones, Smart Cities and Urban Resilience Climatic Breakdown Drone Futuring and a Future History of Drones Drone Futures (Off-world)

Paul Cureton is a drone pilot and Senior Lecturer in Design at ImaginationLancaster and member of the Data Science Institute, Lancaster University, UK. His research interest revolves around the agency and expression of futures and methods in landscape and architecture in the built environment. This research interest has manifested itself in the exploration of the power of urban visions and speculative futures, the history and future of vertical urbanism through drones and the use of 3D mapping, geo-design and digital twins for urban design and planning. His recent publications include the monograph Strategies for Landscape Representation: Digital and Analogue Techniques (2016). He is co-author, with Nick Dunn, of Future Cities: A Visual Guide (2020).

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