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Students around the globe were invited to advance the concept of what an international airport terminal might be in the year 2050.

1ST PLACE Yi-chang Liao, Jason Patterson, Michael Wengenroth, North Carolina State University, Citizenship: Taiwanese, American RECONNECTING TO THE ROMANCE OF FLIGHT

The Airport of the future will not only serve as a connection point for busy travelers but will redefine the air travel experience, and be a destination in itself.

Our airport aims to achieve this by reconnecting travelers to the romance of flight. The design seeks both to reduce the negative associations with air travel, such as long security lines, confined spaces, and lost baggage, while delivering a more tangible, romantic connection to flight.

2ND PLACE Ryan Ridge, Kevin Lee, Silvanus Andi Parahyangan Catholic University Citizenship: Indonesian JAKARTA FLOATING AIRPORT

Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia is one of the most populous cities on earth. With over 9 million population and keep growing, and its role of the centre of activities, it's clear that Jakata needs something to accommodate the rapid mobility and global activities in the future.

The rising of sea water level in our earth also need to be taken as consideration on the city's developments. Especially, when there are researches that predict the sinking of most areas in North side of Jakarta. That means Jakata needs a transportation infrastructures that could accommodate both the mobilities and adapting to nature's course.

3RD PLACE Grant Wylie, Mahta Nazari Khoorasgani North Carolina State University Citizenship: South African, Iranian RALEIGH DURHAM INTERNATIONAL

Terminal 1:Our redesign of RDU T1 and connecting concourses, is intended to be a logical and innovative approach for an airport centered on future technological innovations, both in the aerospace and architectural industries, while maintaining an efficient and stress-free user experience.

Innovation:In designing an airport for 2050 the most significant impact of the aerospace industry on airport design is its transition from current Jet engine based planes like the A380 and747 to future aircraft design. Although current aircrafts will still account for most airway travel in 2050 the fact that the airspace altitude for jet engine based planes will be completely saturated by 2050 will facilitate a need for faster high flying and quieter low flying aircrafts. For this reason two adjacent concourses for T1 facilitate the future transition of the aerospace industry.

Sustainability:With the future of architectural design focused on sustainable and efficient buildings, T1 incorporates three main sustainable strategies; a light rail station for the future Raleigh-Durham-Chapel.Hill light rail network, a solar panel array on the rooftop of the adjacent parking deck, and a kinetic overhang system to provide an energy efficient daylighting system on the large NW and SE facades. With the use of an almost fully automated airport ,passengers experience less wait times at high traffic areas such as check-in, security, boarding gates, customs, and baggage claim. The time saved from this allows passengers to experience the more enjoyable elements of the airport such as the large amenities level, NC based food venues, integrated hotel, and most importantly the NC gardens. These gardens embody the beauty of NC forests and allow visitors, both domestic and international, to experience NC’s true natural beauty in an outdoor experience without the need to leave the airport.


The entries were evaluated on five criteria—creative approach and presentation; response to site; sustainability and resiliency; functionality; and innovation and technology—by a a jury of renowned professionals in the field of aviation, which included:

Curtis W. Fentress, FAIA, RIBA Fentress Architects

Daren A. Griffin, A.A.E. Port of Portland Portland International Airport 

Michael J. Landguth, A.A.E. Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

David Tomber, FAIA - Port of Seattle Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Jon Gertner, Fast CO

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