The Aerial Futures PLATFORM explores the current state of airport design and the future of this rapidly evolving architectural typology, by bringing together thinkers and practitioners to DISCUSS NEW TRENDS IN THE ARCHITECTURE OF AIR TRAVEL.


Drawing on the expertise of prominent airport terminal designers, industry leaders and disruptive innovators,
Aerial Futures is a forum for knowledge sharing and exchange. Keynotes, presentations and panels will showcase leading thinking and projects related to terminal creation and operation, from components to user experience.

Airports are taking the lead as intricately designed, highly frequented and resource-intensive structures that define how we travel, trade and connect with each other, now and into the future.

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It seems fair to claim we are entering a new golden age of airport design. If the twentieth century saw the rise of the airport as an identifiable typology of public architecture and national infrastructure, the twenty-first century will bring in a new era of airport architecture, functionality and culture that responds to the changing needs of populations across the globe.

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The aviation industry is therefore at a critical point of creative evolution, embracing new tools to manage its growth for the benefit of everyone from passengers to pilots, all the while reducing its negative impact on climate change with more efficient services and infrastructure.

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Beyond transportation, the contemporary airport includes facilities for retail, leisure, national security and more. The role of the airport architect is thus closer to that of a city planner, designing for highly diverse populations while facilitating economic activity on a regional, international and even galactic scale.