Design + Architecture

Future of Air Travel

by Terry Ward

Airport Design

What's happening: A departure from traditional airport designs and the arrival of eco-friendly terminals.

The facts: Across the globe, aging airports are being renovated with more eco-conscious (and aesthetically pleasing) designs. The big news in the U.S. is San Francisco International's refurbished Terminal 2, the first in the States to receive LEED Gold certification for its eco-friendly power and wastewater systems. Local concessionaires like Blue Bottle Coffee and Napa Farms Market, improved ventilation, and plenty of natural light from broad airfield windows also connect passengers to their surroundings while they're waiting for a connection. In Chicago, the city's Green Roofs initiative is bringing rooftop gardens to the terminals at O'Hare and Midway airports. Abroad, Singapore's Changi is using recycled materials for airport taxiways and recycled water for airfield irrigation, and the new international airport in Kuwait (pictured) will cover the cutting-edge terminals with photovoltaic panels to harness the abundant gulf-state sunshine.

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