Students Tasked With Designing the Airport Terminal of the Future

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The 2016 Winning Entry, Airport Under The Forset Park, Shanghai, China.  Xingqiao Li, Fang Yu and Que Wang Xi’An, University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’An, China.

The 2016 Winning Entry, Airport Under The Forset Park, Shanghai, China. Xingqiao Li, Fang Yu and Que Wang Xi’An, University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’An, China.


Fentress Architects, based in Denver, Colorado, has announced its 2017 Fentress Global Challenge, an international design competition for young and student architects. As in years past, the theme, consistent with the firm’s expertise in airport design and aviation, is envisioning an airport of the future.
Participants are encouraged to re-envision the terminal building in the year 2075 using one of ten existing international airports, taking into consideration local context, technological trends, and project feasibility and passenger experience. Possible cities suggested are: Atlanta, Beijing, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo.
This is the sixth year that Fentress Architects has sponsored and administered the award, which brings a First Prize of $15,000 and a summer internship at Fentress’ Denver office; four additional winners will receive smaller cash awards.
Curt Fentress, who founded this programme to promote the advancement of innovative design in public architecture, said: “The Fentress Global Challenge is an incredible way for our firm to engage with students from, literally, all over the globe. It’s been thrilling to see and evaluate the ideas of the next generation of designers.”
The schedule for the competition is:
· Design Submission Deadline – October 1, 2017
· Shortlist Announcement – October 31, 2017
· Winners Announcement – November 30, 2017
· Internship at Fentress Architects – Summer 2018
This year’s judges have not yet been announced.

Details of the competition, including admission requirements, eligibility, design information and evaluation criteria are available on line www.fentressglobalchallenge.com

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