M.ARCH graduate wins prize in international competition

Master of Architecture graduate Chris Johnson won 3rd prize in the international Fentress Global Challenge competition. The competition brief was to envision the Airport of the Future in the year 2075. Exceeding 500 registrations, the competition drew students from more than 50 countries. In the spirit and innovative nature of design competitions, participants sought to improve every aspect of the airport passenger terminal building, delving deeply into one or more highly relevant area in airport architecture and the future of aviation: mobility, urbanization, globalization, technology, flexibility, security, project feasibility, and passenger experience.

“A new airport concept typology explores future technological trends and smart cities to connect humanity directly to generate a new urban fabric within the existing airport landmass of Heathrow. A drive-through concept that sits below the airport terminal allows aircraft traffic and waiting times to be reduced. Technological innovations suggest a reduction in physical passports, security and immigration as it moves to an online environment. An international zone that lives within a country that provides free roam to visitors and guests creates a global destination that re-invests in the notion of the UK’s stance on the global market.”

Christopher Johnson

UCA Canterbury School of Architecture
Master of Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2)
Tutor: John Bell

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