The Disposition of Drones

When civilians talk about military drones, we imagine the aerial view and the fuzzy targets on a screen. But conceiving of the drone as a remote-controlled machine obscures the fact that humans are both sitting in the driver’s seat and designing it. In 2016, a team of artists visited Fort Huachuca to observe the U.S. Army’s drone training operations, and to sketch the relations between perception, technology, and power.

At the U.S. Army’s reconnaissance drone training facility, a team of artists examines the relations between perception, technology, and power.




  • Despina Stratigakos
  • Simon Sadler
  • Alan Thomas
  • Naomi Stead

Despina Stratigakos

Despina Stratigakos, an associate professor at the University of Buffalo, is a columnist for Places and author of Where Are the Women Architects? and other books on architectural history.

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Simon Sadler

Simon Sadler is a columnist for Places. He teaches the history and theory of architecture, design, and urbanism across several programs at the University of California, Davis, where he is a professor in the Department of Design.

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Alan Thomas

Alan Thomas is a columnist for Places. He is Editorial Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago Press and a photographer specializing in urban landscape.

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Naomi Stead

Naomi Stead is a columnist for Places. She is an architecture critic and a professor of architecture at Monash University.

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