Welcome to 2075. The end of the 21st century will see a whole new airport concept for the metropolis of Hong Kong. Combining functions is the new standard for this future airport, ensuring scarce land remains available for nature and living. Combining city-to-airport transportation with simultaneous security screening will be the key and creates this new standard of airport time and space efficiency.
Where does this take place? Futuristic mass-transportation modalities ensure traffic-independent, reliable connections between the city and airport while simultaneously accommodating the security screening check. For the first time ever, airports will be experienced as hassle-free, a term often acclaimed but never truly realised in an airport environment before. 2075, here we come!
“Solar Cities of Hope” is a new approach to refugee settlements: as future sustainable cities. It is an integration of the city of the future with a solar power plant. Roofs of the modular refugee houses function as reflectors to energise a so-called “solar power tower”, which generates green solar energy.
The combination of self-sustaining infrastructure and refugee housing realises positive urban environments of which inhabitants and host countries benefit from the green energy. At the same time, refugees are offered sustainable, dignifying housing to start their future lives.
"SOLAR CITIES OF HOPE: SUSTAINABLE REFUGEE SETTLEMENTS AS A LOCAL ECONOMY"
By the example of Chicago O’Hare airport in the year 2075, the future of airports when embedded in cities is envisioned.
The role of 'city-airport' sees O’Hare to serve as a city bridge and airport terminal through one building, making the airport a natural part of the city. The city on its turn will contribute to the airport by featuring offsite processing in a new way. Chicago subway trains will not only transport passengers to the airport, but simultaneously allow passengers to proceed through the incorporated security filter. In essence, screening occurs simultaneously while traveling towards the airport, whereas previously this was necessary yet wasted time.
“WHAT COULD BE THE FUTURE OF AIRPORTS SURROUNDED BY URBANISATION?”
When assuming future aircraft capabilities and precision, the various flows at an airport are envisioned to change.
The design philosophy can consequently be centered around the idea that airside traffic flows in and out of the airport are unobstructed and passenger flows which are naturally guided towards the airport facilities.
The resulting design features several key innovations, being the ‘go with the flow’ passenger principle, a multi-zone runway to keep airside manoeuvring to a minimum and turntable-like aircraft parking stands to expedite operations.
3rd Prize 2016 ‘Envision the Future of Aviation by 2066’ International Student Competition, Royal Aeronautical Society London.
“WHEN TECHNOLOGY MAKES CURRENT SAFETY MEASURES OBSOLETE, WHAT COULD BE THE RESULTING AIRPORT DESIGN?”
2013. The Infrastructure Vision initiative started with a university competition. Many long days I spent envisioning the future of airport layouts. Those days as a student with ample of time after lectures for sketching and SketchUp were ideal to start drafting visions for the future of infrastructure.
I like the simplicity of a sketch on paper and after rendering it seeing the calculations turn into a future concept. When comparing to later projects, it also shows progression in my style and technical creativity with the ambition to inspire new ways of infrastructure design.