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Skypan-Drone-Mini Helicopter Photography-NYC-Skyscrapers-2View from the future 432 Park Avenue by Rafael Viñoly. Image via Architizer.

For some reason, drone footage on the TV show Homeland is super pixelated and black and white even hovering over Washington DC, but architects have a more souped up version to show views from yet unbuilt towers. Architizer has a piece on the company Skypan which sends unmanned mini helicopters where skyscrapers will go up to capture 360 degree panoramas of the views from future apartments.

Skypan-Drone-Mini Helicopter Photography-NYC-SKyscrapersMini helicopter drone by Skypan. Image via Architizer.

The technology has been used on famous forthcoming projects in New York City such as the MoMA tower by Jean Nouvel, 56 Leonard by Herzog & de Meuron, and 432 Park Avenue by Rafael Viñoly. Steven Thompson writes that the impetus for drone photography “has litigious roots, in which a prominent Chicago developer was sued by a buyer arguing that his new unit’s view was inaccurately portrayed prior to construction.” Read more about the company on Architizer.

Skypan-Drone-HFZ Capital-High Line Condo-Mini Helicopter Photography-NYC-Skyscrapers-2View of the High Line looking East from the future loft condo by HFZ Capital. Image via Architizer

Check out other coverage on drone usage for architectural and event use: video by drone inside the New York Public Library and the Paris Dîner en Blanc filmed by drone.

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