MVRDV’s Homes for Flying Taxis

Urban air mobility covers all forms of emerging air-based transport solutions, from flying taxis to drone delivery. MVRDV, in collaboration with Airbus, Bauhaus Luftfahrt, ETH Zurich, and Systra, has explored how these new vehicles will change future cityscapes

Vertiports – landing pads for flying vehicles – can be integrated onto rooftops. But there is also the scope to create new buildings that factor urban air mobility into their structure. 

Urban air mobility shouldn’t just replace existing transport networks – it can enhance it too. As part of a smart city approach, air taxis could free up road space for electric vehicles charged by the roads they are driven on.

Landing pads can also be set up temporarily to cater for extra demand at a large event. This can be done in a way that has minimal impact on surrounding environments because, unlike traditional transportation such as buses and trains, it does not require any linear infrastructure between the two destinations. 

This could see air taxis provide their own unique role in the wider transportation network. Or, as MVRDV’s research puts it: “Once UAM is well established with an extensive network of vertiports, it could serve as an interesting contributor to a mobility system of discrete and distributed modes that complement rail or road infrastructure.”

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