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AIRPORT DESIGN
AUTHOR Luis Vidal

Designing the
'Airport of the Future'
What will the world's airports look like in a post-pandemic
age? Advanced technology will have a say.
THE IMAGES of empty airports that we have seen in recent weeks are
especially dreary. Border closures, travel restrictions and flight cancelations
all to avoid infection from COVID-19 virus have led to the suspension
of more than half the passenger traffic, according to Airport Council
International (ACI). Forty-five percent of the destinations worldwide have
totally or partially closed their borders for tourists and 30 percent have
totally or partially suspended international flights.
The International Air Transport
Association (IATA) foresees a dramatic
revenue loss for the aviation industry

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
LUIS VIDAL

Luis Vidal is the president and founding
partner of luis vidal + architects, an
international practice with offices in
Spain, the U.K., Chile, the Dominican
Republic and the U.S. Vidal offers
responsible and quality designs in
response to the urban and social
challenges of the day. Vidal has
received international recognition for
implementing challenging ideas on large-scale, complex
buildings such as airports, hospitals, office buildings, museums,
university campuses and more. Vidal's philosophy relies on
improving quality of life through design. Notable projects
include Heathrow's award-winning Terminal 2 and several
international airports in major U.S. cities including Pittsburgh,
Boston, Dallas and Denver.

of more than $325 million. The pain
doesn't stop there. More than 25 million
jobs worldwide will be affected either
directly or indirectly by the virus.
The air transport industry faces
its worst crisis since its inception.
However, we can't abandon ourselves
and lead with pessimism. We have the
opportunity to improve a model that
has, until this point, been in a slow but
constant evolution. Since the creation
of the first airport structures and up
until the current fourth generation of
commercial airports, these enormous
spaces have found passengers hugging
those they love for a farewell or
welcome; these spaces have been the
"door" to their trips, spurring discovery
and wonderment. Airports have always

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responded to the challenges of our
unexpected reality. We saw it after
Sept. 11, 2001, and we will see it again
- even though the challenge this time is
far more complex now.

'Fifth-Generation'
Airport
Approximately every 30 years, a new
generation of airport infrastructure
appears. The next generation, the fifth
generation, must break through, driven
by current, public health, circumstances
and technological innovation. Now is
the moment to strike with safe, sleek
and efficient concepts. However, there
is no formula for designing an airport -
no algebraic equation that solves all the
variables of this great challenge, which



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Airport Business

Inside the Fence: Statistically Speaking...
Industry Update
The FBO Customer Experience Beyond COVID-19
Switching Seats: COVID-19's Impact on the Terminal
Data Security and Privacy at Commercial Airports
A Private Affair
Creating Quality Customer Service
Designing the 'Airport of the Future'
Will Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing be the Next Disruptor?
An Airport Takes Off
Totally Boggus: Clearing the Air
Proactive Technology Strategies for Airlines to Succeed Post COVID-19
Looking to Upgrade Your Sustainability Practices? Ask These Questions First
Product Profile: Runway Reliability - Stable Soils Make the Difference
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Airport Business - Inside the Fence: Statistically Speaking...
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Airport Business - Industry Update
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Airport Business - The FBO Customer Experience Beyond COVID-19
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Airport Business - Switching Seats: COVID-19's Impact on the Terminal
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Airport Business - Data Security and Privacy at Commercial Airports
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Airport Business - A Private Affair
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Airport Business - Creating Quality Customer Service
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Airport Business - Designing the 'Airport of the Future'
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Airport Business - Will Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing be the Next Disruptor?
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Airport Business - An Airport Takes Off
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Airport Business - Totally Boggus: Clearing the Air
Airport Business - Proactive Technology Strategies for Airlines to Succeed Post COVID-19
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Airport Business - Looking to Upgrade Your Sustainability Practices? Ask These Questions First
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Airport Business - Product Profile: Runway Reliability - Stable Soils Make the Difference
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