In their version, a centralized control terminal hosts docking and charging stations for both personal and commercial delivery drones.
The building's location would not only "gather the commercial power of Manhattan," the designers wrote in their project description, but stand "away from the no-fly-zones set by the FAA."
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Modules dotting the façade could fit nine different drone types, giving the skyscraper exterior an animated appearance as the drones come and go.
Despite this imaginative drone-accommodating design, first place in the competition went to New York Horizon, which proposes turning Central Park into a canyon surrounded by a "hybrid multi-functional mega structure." I had a visceral reaction to the mock-up.
New York Magazine wondered if it was the best or worst idea ever. In my view, it's terrifying.
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Third place went to a really neat sustainable data center design to house servers in Iceland. Looking like something straight out of Star Wars, the Data Skyscraper would take advantage of cold temperatures and be powered by renewable energy.
Between the growing need for data storage and our passion for drones, we're going to need room to house all that tech. Here's hoping the plans we actually do pick won't come back to sting us.