How Drones Can Be Used in Architecture (And How To Use Them Without Breaking the Law)

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© <a href='https://unsplash.com/photos/DiTiYQx0mh4'>Dose Media on Unsplash</a> © <a href='https://unsplash.com/photos/DiTiYQx0mh4'>Dose Media on Unsplash</a> This article was originally published by Archipreneur as "How Drones Can Be Used in Architecture." Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly called drones, are gaining in popularity not only among the general public and consumers, but also among professionals working in the AEC industry. We’ve seen ambitious predictions for the use of drones on construction sites, as transportation vehicles and marketing tools. While this new technology, like 3D printing and robotic fabrication in general, promises to revolutionize the architectural profession, it is useful to know to what extent its practical application can affect the way archipreneurs work. It seems that, for now, drones have great potentials when it comes to several aspects of the profession. Researchers and firms are already experimenting with building with drones. In 2012, Swiss architecture firm Gramazio Kohler Architects and roboticist Raffaello D’Andrea teamed up with ETH Zürich to program a
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The 6 Best European Cities to Start an Architecture Business

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London is Europe’s number one start-up hotspot. Image © Johan Mouchet <a href='https://unsplash.com/photos/5qeFuSId3H0'>via Unsplash</a> London is Europe’s number one start-up hotspot. Image © Johan Mouchet <a href='https://unsplash.com/photos/5qeFuSId3H0'>via Unsplash</a> This article was originally published by Archpreneur as "Booming Cities: 6 European Startup Hubs for Architects." Starting a company can be extremely stressful. Fresh graduates, freelancers and directly employed architects looking to create startups face various initial obstacles and need to have a clear view of the operating model for their businesses. They have to choose where to cut costs, which can relate to choice of location, office space and limited living expenses. Following the guidelines of The Lean Startup method—popularized by author and entrepreneur Eric Ries—can be very beneficial for the early phase of a company’s development. This can mean focusing on budget-friendly setups, and creating businesses on the idea of developing products and productizing design services. Being part of an entrepreneurial community can also influence the way owners grow their
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How Coworking and Coliving are Redefining Space as a Service

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Common area in the WeWork space in London. Image © WeWork Common area in the WeWork space in London. Image © WeWork In this article originally published by Archipreneur as "Space as a Service: Business Models that Change How We Live and Work," Lidija Grozdanic looks into the recent proliferation of coworking services - as well as the new kid on the block, coliving - to discuss how the sharing economy is redefining physical space as a highly lucrative part of the service industry. Some of the most innovative and profitable companies in the world base their business models on commercializing untapped resources. Facebook has relied on its users to generate content and data for years, and organizations are starting to realize the value of gathering, processing, storing and taking action on big data. In the AEC industry, some companies are discovering the hidden potential of excess energy that is generated by buildings, while others are looking to utilize large
Common area in D.C.’s WeWork space. Image © WeWork
Lounge and private offices in the WeWork space in San Francisco. Image © WeWork
Private offices in the WeWork space in Seattle. Image © WeWork
Dining room in the Common home ‘Pacific’ in a restored brownstone in Crown Heights, New York. Image © Common
Bedroom in the Common home "Havemeyer" in Williamsburg, New York. Image © Common
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