Elevation documentary: how drones will change cities

Elevation documentary: how drones will change cities

Elevation is a short documentary by online magazine Dezeen about how drones will transform cities – revolutionising how people travel, how goods are delivered and how buildings look and are constructed.

“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 the 18-minute film, which features interviews with architects and industry experts including Norman Foster, Paul Priestman, Liam Young and Anab Jain.

Yet as well as painting a picture of a utopian drone-filled future, Elevation also hints at more sinister uses of the technology, exploring potential threats to our privacy and safety.

Read more on Dezeen: www.dezeen.com/elevation


  1. Gareth James on August 30, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    I have mavic mini love it

  2. Anastasía Bugaga on August 30, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Since the 7th minute, really annoying and unpleasant music started to play that prevented me from focusing on what they were saying

  3. Nafiz Haq on August 30, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    @Sarunchana Gaesornsuwan

  4. Will Mechling on August 30, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    I think they should take a gallon of milk up to 1.000 ft and drop it on their own heads first, just to prove it’s safe. Then test their family’s car, with their family’s driving at 60 mph and drop something onto the windshield, again, just to show how safe it is… For some reason, no one has done this…? Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a cool idea, but I’ve seen what happens when something goes through a windshield…

  5. jack sorensen on August 30, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    The noice would be deafening!

  6. choudhary creations on August 30, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    It’s was will be the best idea that how the drones were changing the city. But not only the city I can say but also the whole world can be changed by drones

  7. russell UK on August 30, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    I think a lot of recreational drone owners will soon realise how few places you can actually legally fly your drone – try the local park – NO – local councils have prohibited it – try countryside – NO – you need landowners permission – try National Parks – NO – almost always forbidden – try coastlines – NO – local councils, national trusts etc will forbid it – try built up areas – NO – absolutely not due to safety reasons and ANO. Make sure you have some land where you can legally fly your drone before you waste your money

  8. Jasa Jenull on August 30, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    This documentary is 95% hype! Its basically just about the old architects’ wet dreams about flying cars… and some dystopian scare mongering with creepy electronic background music .. but when you think about it from a cost/benefit perspective in most operations (especially human or heavier object transport) it just makes much more sense to not have to fight gravity during every second of operation… so yeah drones will change cities… like VR will change the internet… and Pokemon Go will change the world… Until a new technology radically solves existing problems in a much more efficient/better/cheaper way I call BS.

  9. Shazee Updates on August 30, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    I Love this documentary.I want Drone for Photography😊😍😍😍

  10. onjoFilms on August 30, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    1:22 what the hell are they talking about, drones were in the military and now they’re in the toy store. Uh, duh, they are RC aircraft and have been flying since at least my first sighting in my neighborhood in 1970. They didn’t come from the military, and they have been in toy/hobby shops forever. I mean come on, let’s not get over dramatic about these things.

  11. Jose Martinez on August 30, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    What about birds? What measures are governments taking to protect wildlife?

  12. SHADOW L.A.B on August 30, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Who Came Here From Droneterrene In Instagram.

  13. Junbiao Toh on August 30, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    at 11:24 this video features Singapore, nice CG!

  14. WormsMaster100 on August 30, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Everyone’s gangsta till Men of Iron rebel

  15. gto sevram on August 30, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    If you want milk and bread you’d better go out and get it… the exciting thing about all this is imagining it, when it will actually happen reality will become dangerously boring.

  16. Epha Prodictus on August 30, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Drone is my Dream

  17. Liam on August 30, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    16:07 a weapon to surpass metal gear

  18. abvmoose87 on August 30, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Jag gillar hur Apples nya, futuristiska, state of the art högkvarter påminner om Grindtorp.

  19. diane dzierzynski on August 30, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Very thoughtful and the fore-telling of a possible future, if we decide to go there. However, since the initial spread of drones through the general population …and Amazon…what has been lacking is a serious evaluation of what this could mean for our bird population, already under such duress that it is estimated we have lost over one-third of our bird population over the past ten years. Imagine what a widespread use of drones would do…..birds would disappear from the skies where drones roamed, Fantastic for people who want to hear a constant ‘drone’ made by mechanical wasps instead of bird songs and chirps.
    Just because something can be done doesn’t mean it has to be done…………………. Perhaps our civilization is being built on machinery , not on what the human spirit would truly desire and profit from. Surely we can find ways to transport packages and ourselves without destroying those things necessary for the human soul.

  20. Bock Keat on August 30, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    The future is exciting and yet dangerous as well.

  21. Lisa Jane on August 30, 2021 at 10:32 pm


  22. American Movement on August 30, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Very good and thoughtful – it has been over two years since this was done – wonder what is going on now?

  23. Ole-Morten Johansen on August 30, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Loud noises

  24. Spatial Snowflakes on August 30, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Grateful for this excellent film!
    This idea that the future will liberate us from the persistent pull of the ground level is not new at all tough. (talking ’bout the ‘highways in the sky’)
    At the beginning of the 20th century, modernist architects were utterly convinced that the traditional street is obsolete. They were able to imagine all kinds of alternatives, intricate multilevel cities with underground tunnels, flying around town and all kinds of streets in the sky.

    They didn’t imagine tough that the boring old street on the ground, a line of movement in between buildings will persevere as the dominant urban form in cities everywhere.

    To add complexity to the urban form along the vertical dimension had been a vision of many architects, particularly since air travel became a thing. But in reality, the pull of the ground level turned out to be stronger than we thought.

    Architects think and design from the aerial perspective all the time!
    Looking down at a typical architectural model you always have a drone’s eye view!

    To accurately think and design at the eye level is actually often a greater challenge… Maybe the spread of VR visualizations will be helpful with this.
    In the meantime, it is useful to remain grounded! (at least in history)

  25. Alistar on August 30, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    They are forgetting about Towns….they have alot of drones too. Towns exist too.

  26. caro baez on August 30, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    alo excelente video desearía que sigan haciendo videos similares¡¡¡!!! Voy a seguir mirando sus creaciones. Les envio un abrazo chau ❤️👍🏽

  27. 3J Mama on August 30, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Wow..drone 😍😍😍 i wish to have one

  28. J W on August 30, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Other than helping Africa, I agree. There are to many blacks and Asians in the world.

  29. Lisa Jane on August 30, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    How Pathetic

  30. jangirsultan on August 30, 2021 at 10:41 pm




  31. MultiShawnt on August 30, 2021 at 10:41 pm


  32. Ram-n_dodge on August 30, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Wow! these people are complete morons! before you speak about a subject you should be informed and on this subject you should know the difference from a drone and a remote controlled aircraft. 15 years ago… please.

  33. theknifesong on August 30, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    3:33 look at this dude’s face lmao

  34. SILVER SPADES on August 30, 2021 at 10:47 pm


  35. Azzy Freeman on August 30, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    How will they fly drones in rains or stormy weather

  36. robdude1969 on August 30, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    As a photographer, this has been a very exciting time for me. It is amazing that 9 years ago I was soldering wires and screwing sticks together to make multi rotor UAVs to fly a camera around poorly. Now we have run the gamut with commercially available aerial photography equipment costing many thousands of dollars for large somewhat scary yet functional equipment to amazing pro quality equipment costing hundreds of dollars that is more of a toy to see. What is next? Thank you for your video. I shared it immediately. Here’s some of my work. https://youtu.be/Z0osJnSWxt8

  37. Mayan Warrior on August 30, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    ISIS has military grade DRONES! I wonder how they got them. Hmm US military

  38. Emmie Krikheli on August 30, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    At 2:00 they are using a drone to film the drone 😂

  39. Дарья Шевелёва on August 30, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    The film is awsome, but fix the subtitles please

  40. _swilma _ on August 30, 2021 at 10:52 pm


  41. American Gooeyduck on August 30, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    I watch this for about 30 seconds and the first thing I thought of a CCP propaganda

  42. Nguyen Huy on August 30, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    autonomous vehicles, drones, AI, robots… they r happening. We are living in the future.

  43. talleyrand on August 30, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    I like to take my drone and attach a bag of feces and drop it on someone’s head.

  44. Mark Allen on August 30, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    It’s clever when they’re controlled by computers and the signal is beamed from a satterlite , flight is an efficient way for robots to navigate the world, but radio controlled ones .. not so much.

  45. ProCactus on August 30, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    This video is just a collection of random people talking shit.

  46. Rohan Shrestha on August 30, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    it is healpful in photography surveying and meant positive works

  47. H2oRiz on August 30, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    This is by far the most boring documentary I’ve ever seen.

  48. Ambea Design Studio on August 30, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    The good application of technology and tools will always be useful. And architecture is no exception.

  49. BY GHAZALLI on August 30, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Cool I want try amazing technology

  50. donmrLenn on August 30, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    RIP birds

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