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Max Bontoft

MA work

An Atmospheric Cartography

As drones have become increasingly present in the sky, airspace has begun to go through a series of transformations. As they take flight over our cities, they have necessitated a dialogue about its definition, regulation and inhabitation - territories beginning to be unpacked in new systems of invisible power. Governance of aerial action is beginning to reflect down towards the ground. Drone technology’s presence is inevitable and its rapid propagation and dispersion across altitudes is imminent.

The proposal calls for the establishment of an Institute for Aeronautical Cartography. Whilst modern methods of represetnation become the most public interface with which a passing audience engages with the on-going process of airspace mapping and negotiation. The site markings on the runways and external balconies manifest the intermediators between ground and sky. 

The building too then can be seen as a prototype, an exemplar for how others might begin to architecturally adapt themselves to accommodate this new infrastructure, from the re-arrangement of internal spaces to mask against machinic eyes to the design of details that point skyward. 

This is an aeronautical geography reflected back at the surface of the earth.


  • MA Degree


    School of Architecture


    MA Architecture, 2017



  • My ethos is not to be content with architecture as mere spectacle, an object that quickly falls into redundancy but instead a positive continuation and enhancement of the surrounding typography. Where detailed strategies reside throughout the breadth and depth of the process. 

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Architecture, University of Plymouth, 2013