Drone port
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As malls shutter across the country, one architecture firm has plans to salvage brick-and-mortar shopping centers by turning them into drone ports.

CallisonRTKL, a global architecture firm, was inspired by the Six Flags Mall in Arlington, Texas, which is going to be demolished after losing its key tenants.

There are tentative plans in place to transform the defunct mall into an industrial complex, but CallisonRTKL has something else in mind. The firm wants to transform the shell of the former mall into a delivery warehouse that’s ideal for drone takeoff and delivery.

Here a preview of what that might look like:

The Droneport is a futuristic storage and delivery prototype that aims to provide inexpensive, same-day-delivery for companies like Amazon.

The Droneport is a futuristic storage and delivery prototype that aims to provide inexpensive, same-day-delivery for companies like Amazon.
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The innovative design features an underground warehouse, an unloading area for truck deliveries, a vertical elevator tower, and a drone dock ring where the drones are stored and loaded.

The innovative design features an underground warehouse, an unloading area for truck deliveries, a vertical elevator tower, and a drone dock ring where the drones are stored and loaded.
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Goods are brought to the storage center by delivery trucks and stored in the underground warehouse.

Goods are brought to the storage center by delivery trucks and stored in the underground warehouse.
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