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Entries in Airport Design (31)

Thursday
Jan092014

Jackson Hole Airport Wins 2014 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture

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For the design of Jackson Hole Airport, Gensler leveraged expertise from its aviation, hospitality and brand design practices to create a modern, efficient airport with an ambiance inspired by the regional context of Western Wyoming. For its design excellence, Jackson Hole Airport won a 2014 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture

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Wednesday
Jul242013

Terminals for Passengers: The Need for a Recompose Area

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When we design spaces in terminals for passengers, we subconsciously favor the experience of the outbound customer, glamorizing the ticketing halls as civic icons and treating arrivals as an afterthought. This is a dated approach given the industry and the supporting technology has evolved. Looking ahead, the airport terminal of the future will speed up the individual processes of the departing sequence to maximize the relaxation time (and revenue generation) of the customer on the airside.

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Wednesday
Jun192013

Connecting DEN to Downtown Denver

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Denver International Airport's (DIA) South Terminal Redevelopment Program aims to reinvent the way the airport connects to its city — providing travelers a swifter gateway to downtown Denver — while turning the airport into a travel destination. DIA awarded design of the hotel and conference center to Gensler in 2009, and the design of the Public Transit Center, plaza, and site development in 2011.

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Monday
May062013

On U.S. Airports, Infrastructural Legacy, and How to Make Things Better

A ticketing desk at San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 2. The terminal was given a complete overhaul and upgrade by Gensler two years ago. Image © Gensler.

When it comes to rating airports, Skytrax — whose 2013 list of the world’s 100 best airports revealed the general mediocrity of U.S. facilities — is but one industry ranking. Another, perhaps more highly prized one is the Airports Council International’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) index.

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Wednesday
May012013

When It Comes to Airports, the U.S. Is No Superpower

Terminal 2 at Changi Airport Singapore — the No. 1 airport in Skytrax’s 2013 list of the 100 best in the world — was given a full refresh and upgrade by Gensler and its Singapore partner, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers. Image © Gensler

I was struck by the surprise that no U.S. airport cracked the top 25 in Skytrax’s 2013 list of the top 100 airports worldwide, a point mentioned by President Obama yesterday. Americans shouldn’t be so shocked. While major airports in many countries are an extension of national sovereignty or at a minimum an important point of entry internationally, in the U.S. they are neither.

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