How Architects Design North Texas Airports To Meet The Needs Of Tomorrow's Flyers
By Justin Martin
August 9, 2017
Jonathan Massey, head of aviation practices for Corgan, talks about the challenges of building an airport for today's demands. There's a huge parking garage taking shape at Dallas Love Field airport that will provide 5,000 more spaces. It was designed by Dallas-based architecture firm, Corgan. The company has worked on hundreds of airports around the world, including Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and various incarnations of Love Field.
...On how airport design has changed: The original Love Field facility, when it was designed, there was no security, there were no concessions, there were no jet bridges. You just walked through the building, walked out onto the apron, walked up the stairs into a DC-10, propeller-driven airplane, and it was just fascinating. We had to completely re-imagine the terminal and try to keep the hometown convenient feel of the old Love Field, but make it work in today's environment.
...On what makes a functional airport: They're really more machines than buildings. They have so many different systems and a lot of things passengers don't see.
...On confusing airport designs: When you're designing buildings from scratch there are certain architectural cues — certain things you can do with light, with windows, with volume — and Love Field is a good example of that.
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