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Airport of the Future 2020 winners announced

Fentress Architects selected the winners from a shortlist of 22 entries for the Fentress Global Challenge

by Georgina Johnston 16 November 2020

First place

Baniya from Southern California Institute of Architecture, US, for The Green Gateway concept. 

Second place

Sejkul from University of Ljubljana, Balkans, for their Hartsfield International Drive-In Airport design.

Third place

W.A.D from Beijing Jiaotong University, China, for their Floating Aero City.

The annual international student design competition received more than 100 entries in more than 15 countries this year, challenging students to envision airport mobility in the year 2100.

More than 100 entries were judged by a panel of architects and designers at Fentress Architects, exploring one of the following areas: 

Futuristic Mobility

Several submissions built upon recent developments in futuristic transportation, from the Hyperloop to autonomous vehicles, to imagine the airport of the future as a multimodal hub equipped to handle next generation aircraft, space travel, autonomous transportation, integration of the hyperloop, and even autonomous pods. Concepts ranged from terminals with launchpads for spaceflight and underground Hyperloop connections to the replacement of aircraft with self flying autonomous pods.

Mitigation of COVID-19

The current pandemic inspired a wide range of ideas on how airport design might help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, which may be more prevalent in 2100. Fully touchless airports as well as terminals that have dual functions as “healing hubs” were among the concepts that sought to create healthcentric, comfortable, and efficient travel experiences.

Zero-Emission Airports

A number of submissions utilised cutting edge solutions as a means to develop zero emission airport facilities. Among the forward thinking ideas submitted were airports that integrate with the surrounding ecosystem; terminals reimagined as greenhouses, and decentralised air purifying towers.

The 2020 Shortlist:

•W.A.D, Floating Aero City, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China

•Arch YiYang, The Vertebrae, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

•Baniya, The Green Gateway, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, California, USA

•Ajay Kamaleshwaran, Cornucopia, Anna University School of Architecture and Planning,Chennai, India 

•TIArch Studio, The Reserve, Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering, Kazan, Russia

•Qianqian YU, ReBABEL, École Spéciale d'Architecture, Paris, France 

•Beyond Heathrow, A New Airport for London, The Barlett – University College London,London, England

•S.T., Heathrow Healing Hub, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel

•Schiphol International, Amsterdam Schiphol International, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

•ISM, Resonance of the Antiquity, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh 

•Lucy Janik, LAX Relocation – Design of the Future Floating Airport, Cracow University of Technology, Kraków, Poland

•Qian Lin and Umica Yelavarthy, Shanghai Pudong International Airport of the Future, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

•Henry Alridge, A Built-In Obsolescence, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England •CGC, HK22, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA 

•Crab, A Peak in Shanghai, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

•Praxis, Modular Floating Airport, Singapore University of Technology & Design, Singapore •RIE, O’Pon on the Hill, Yogyakarta University of Technology, Indonesia 

•Sejkul, Drive-In Airport, Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

•Ryerson University, Head in the Clouds, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

•Marklin Huynh, Istanbul International Airport Asian Terminal, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

•M3DMA, Tokyo Gate, Gdansk University of Technology, Gdańsk, Poland 

•Oporajeyo, The City Lungs, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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