Competition Brief

    Airport of the Future

    Re-envisioning airport architecture in the year 2075

    ABOUT THE COMPETITION

    Unprecedented demand for travel and global commerce has resulted in the proliferation of airports around the world. In their short history, terminal buildings have been criticized for employing generic architectural forms that are unapologetically disconnected from their context and cultural identity. Technical complexity and functional design has often taken precedence over comfort and quality for users.

    In less than a century, the airport has emerged as a new architectural typology that is as important as other large-scale public buildings such as museums, libraries, temples and courthouses. Airports are among the most complex and highly frequented transportation hubs, but they are also increasingly important places for work, commerce, recreation and culture. The rapid evolution of airports necessitates the incorporation of the latest developments in technology, design and social trends around the globe.

    Started in 2011, the Fentress Global Challenge is an annual international competition created to engage young architects in the exploration of future design possibilities in public architecture. For 2017, students are invited to envision “The Airport of the Future.” The winners will gain international exposure, receive cash prizes and a paid internship at Fentress Architects.

    GUIDELINES

    Participants are encouraged to re-envision the terminal building in the year 2075, taking into consideration local context, technological trends, project feasibility and passenger experience. In line with the speculative nature of the competition, participants should seek to improve every dimension of the airport terminal building. All entries should delve into one or more broad topics related to airport architecture and the future of aviation such as urbanization, globalization, technology, flexibility, security, and adaptability.

    Designs must be centered on one of these airports:

    ATLANTA GA, US (ATL)

    BEIJING, CN (PEK)

    LONDON, GB (LHR)

    CHICAGO IL, US (ORD)

    TOKYO, JP (HND)

    LOS ANGELES CA, US (LAX)

    PARIS, FR (CDG)

    DALLAS/FORT WORTH TX, US (DFW)

    FRANKFURT, DE (FRA)

    HONG KONG, HK (HKG)

    The submission must take into account the existing runways and land restrictions. Participants should create a new airport concept for the airports that replaces the current terminal structures. 

    AWARDS

    1ST PLACE

    US$15,000

    The top prize includes US$5,000 cash, a four-week paid internship at Fentress Architects, airfare, lodging and certificate, a value of $15,000. Interns from outside the U.S. are responsible for obtaining necessary visa and paperwork. Fentress Architects will provide a supporting letter for visa purposes. Internship details will be arranged separately with the winner. If entering as a group, the prize will be distributed equally.

    2ND PLACE

    US$3,000

    3RD PLACE

    US$2,000

    2 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

    US$1,000

    COMPETITION SCHEDULE

    Competition Announcement                            May 31, 2017

    Design Submission Deadline                          October 1, 2017

    Shortlist Announcement                                  October 31, 2017

    Winners Announcement                                  November 30, 2017

    Internship at Fentress Architects                     Summer 2018

    ELIGIBILITY

    The competition is open to graduate and undergraduate students who are currently pursuing architecture or engineering degrees at an accredited university program, as well as recent graduates (within the last four years) with a degree in architecture or engineering.

    Students must provide proof of active enrollment status. Registrants are required to provide a scanned copy of their student ID and current course schedule. Recent graduates must provide a scanned copy of their diploma.

    EVALUATION CRITERIA

    Participants are encouraged to use clear, concise language to convey ideas, key points and design solutions. Photographs, diagrams, renderings, animations, or collages and other visualizations are encouraged to help explain the concept, respecting the rules previously described.

    CREATIVE APPROACH

    The design approach is innovative and inspiring. Both the concept and design solution are presented through unique and compelling graphics and other media.

    RESPONSE TO SITE

    The design honors the physical attributes of a site’s context and culture. The overall design strategy matches the global and local demographic requirements of the location.

    SUSTAINABILITY

    The design considers the airport’s environmental impact and energy use. The overall design strategy considers and responds to notions of social sustainability, occupant lifestyle and well-being.

    FUNCTIONALITY

    The planning and building organization is clear and appropriate. The design solution contains a defined and well-articulated structural, technical and constructible rationale.

    SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    By the end of the day on October 1st, 2017 (23:00 GMT), participants must register and upload competition materials to their profile page on this website. 

    The official language of the competition is English and metric is the official unit measurement.

    The design concept shall be submitted in PDF format and include:

    • Up to 8 pages in 11 inch x 17 inch format, landscape orientation
    • Large fonts that can be viewed on a projector
    • A brief overall description of the design concept
    • Supporting diagrams, plans, sections and perspectives are encouraged
    • The digital file may be no larger than 100mb
    • In a separate PDF, please include student IDs of the group members.
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