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AERIAL FUTURES: Living Laboratories Symposium. Announcement & Open Call for Papers

14:27 - 15 July, 2019
AERIAL FUTURES: Living Laboratories Symposium. Announcement & Open Call for Papers, Photo by Samuel Toh on Unsplash
Photo by Samuel Toh on Unsplash

The AERIAL FUTURES: Living Laboratories Symposium examines the confluence of urban elements within the airport landscape—transportation, commerce, public space and technological interfaces—and how Asian airports introduce alternatives for life in transit.

By 2035, it’s estimated that air travel in Asia will be greater than Europe and North America combined, with routes in Asia serving an extra 1.8 billion annual passengers. Increase in airport capacity challenges physical infrastructure as much as operations and passenger experience. A trillion dollars is earmarked for airport development in Asia alone in the next 10 years. Unprecedented growth requirements are difficult to meet and concrete alone is

Aerial Futures Explores the Future of Urban Air Mobility in New Video

06:00 - 16 June, 2019

Advances in technology have changed the way people work and move around congested cities. Since free space in these urban areas has become scarce, people have shifted their perspective upwards and are now looking to the sky for new means of mobility, transporting their goods via cargo drones and flying ‘taxis’.

Aerial Futures Explores Droneports in East Africa and the Global South

13:00 - 16 April, 2019
Aerial Futures Explores Droneports in East Africa and the Global South, Droneports. Image Courtesy of Jonathan Ledgard and Norman Foster
Droneports. Image Courtesy of Jonathan Ledgard and Norman Foster

A new video by AERIAL FUTURES explores the potential of droneports in East Africa and the Global South. The Norman Foster Foundation was one of the first groups to propose the creation of a droneport network to deliver medical supplies and other necessities to areas of Africa that are difficult to access due to a lack of roads or other infrastructure. The project aspires to have droneports across small towns in Africa and in other emerging economies by 2030.

Aerial Futures Explores Droneports in East Africa and the Global South AERIAL FUTURES: Lake Victoria Challenge. Image Courtesy of AERIAL FUTURES AERIAL FUTURES: Lake Victoria Challenge. Image Courtesy of AERIAL FUTURES AERIAL FUTURES: Lake Victoria Challenge. Image Courtesy of AERIAL FUTURES + 7

Aerial Futures Explores Commercial Space Travel at the Houston Spaceport

04:00 - 21 January, 2019
Aerial Futures Explores Commercial Space Travel at the Houston Spaceport, Houston Spaceport. Image Courtesy of Houston Airport System
Houston Spaceport. Image Courtesy of Houston Airport System

A new video by AERIAL FUTURES explores commercial space flight through the Houston Spaceport. The video was produced as part of a broader research initiative bringing together leading thinkers, practitioners and operators to imagine the potential opened up by spaceports. The video explores the spaceport as a new kind of architectural typology, and asks what kind of impact a spaceport is likely to have on the city and its population.

Houston Spaceport. Image Courtesy of Houston Airport System Houston Spaceport. Image Courtesy of Houston Airport System The Next Frontier. Image Courtesy of AERIAL FUTURES Houston Spaceport. Image Courtesy of Houston Airport System + 8

'Aerial Futures' Explores the Relationship Between Cities and Their Airports

16:00 - 7 July, 2018

A new short film by the non-profit organization AERIAL FUTURES explores the complex relationships between cities and their airports. In conjunction with New York's AERIAL FUTURES: Urban Constellations think tank, this video asks how cities can be imagined collectively to improve both urban life and future travel capabilities. The film features several experts who discuss the challenges and opportunities for the future of New York City’s airports and supporting infrastructure, drawing on the think tank’s focus of urban design and digital interfaces.