The Droneport project is the first initiative by the Norman Foster Foundation. The proposal is to create 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 roads or other infrastructure and the ambition is that every small town in Africa and in other emerging economies will have its own Droneport by 2030.
Droneport is the first built project by the Norman Foster Foundation. The first Droneport prototype was unveiled during the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 and is permanently on view at Venice’s Arsenale. The project is based on the idea of creating a network of Droneports to deliver medical supplies and other necessities to areas of Africa and other continents that are difficult to access due to a lack of transport infrastructure.
The Droneport concept was initiated by Jonathan Ledgard, who developed it at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. He approached Norman Foster for this project given his combination of airport design experience and in-depth knowledge of flight as a pilot of sailplanes, helicopters, and aircraft.
The Droneport will also be manufacturing centers for drones, generating employment opportunities for the local population. By giving local people the construction knowledge, the project seeks to leave a legacy that will initiate a change of mindset larger than the building itself.