Foster & Partners, London
In 2013, the World Bank identified Africa as the world's poorest inhabited continent, with millions dying of preventable diseases. One of the leading causes of blood and other medical supplies' unavailability is the absence of road infrastructure through many parts of rural Africa. The skeletal road network covers just a fraction of the continent with only a third of Africans in rural areas living within two kilometres of an all-season road.
The Droneport project explores the potential of an 'infrastructural leap' using cutting edge technology to surmount the future challenges. The proposals for Droneports in Africa seek to support a network of drone routes capable of delivering urgent and precious supplies, particularly blood, to remote areas on a massive scale. The project offers a new typology and will create a strong civic presence, based on sharing and multiple uses and imagined as a 'kit-of-parts'. The necessary formwork and brick-press machinery are delivered to site. The materials for the Droneport, such as clay for bricks and boulders for the foundation, are locally sourced, reducing material transport costs and making it more sustainable.
Design Communications: Narinder Sagoo, Alexander Chapman, Tom Benson, Emma Gibb