The New York Times Laments Poor Airport Design for Passengers

The New York Times Laments Poor Airport Design for Passengers, Interior of Beijing Airport by Foster + Partners
Interior of Beijing Airport by Foster + Partners

A new article by Chris Holbrook for The New York Times, “Airports, Designed for Everyone but the Passenger,” points out a black sheep among architectural typology: the airport. Though built for one of the most delicate and stressful human situations, airports are notoriously hostile to the travelers that occupy them.

The article cites the lack of attention to detail in modern airports as the chief problem, even in designs by architects known for their concern for public space, like Richard Rogers. Holbrook argues that many architects, including Norman Foster, treat the airport as a gateway between countries, creating “interactive postcards” with top-down concepts that reflect a country’s geography or culture, but that don’t do enough to take care of passengers. Holbrook points to the security concerns of a post-9/11 world as a main culprit of unfriendly airports, but begs the question: is this the best we can do?

Read the full article here.

News via The New York Times

Female Architects Speak Out About Gender Differences in New York Times Article

Female Architects Speak Out About Gender Differences in New York Times Article, Clockwise from top left: Rosemary Park, Rebecca G. Barnes, Amity Kurt, Patricia Galván, Farida Abu-Bakare and Claire Weisz, women who responded to the survey. Image via The New York Times
Clockwise from top left: Rosemary Park, Rebecca G. Barnes, Amity Kurt, Patricia Galván, Farida Abu-Bakare and Claire Weisz, women who responded to the survey. Image via The New York Times

Gender inequality in the architecture profession has continued to be a cause for concern, with a recent survey from the AIA showing that women feel that little to no progress has been made with overcoming gender obstacles. Following the recent passing of Zaha Hadid, a powerful pioneer and role model for female designers, The New York Times launched an online survey asking women in architecture about their experiences in the profession. Read some of the excerpts from the two hundred responses they received after the break.

Maddy Samaddar-Johnson of New York told The Times“I’ve seen younger women with architecture degrees pushed into more drafting, more into interiors and landscapes, while the men seem to think they are “better” at designing the building structure and are given more face time with the clients. A woman in large firms may be kept in the background.”

On the issue of leadership and a commission gap between men and women, Patricia Galván of San Jose, California said: “My eagerness to learn is perceived as ignorance. My strong voice and firm stance are perceived as ‘bitchiness.’ It’s unlikely and uncommon for women to get commissions, gain corporate clients and to be given high-level responsibility.”

Read more about what female architects have to say about gender inequality in the industry in the full article, “I Am Not the Decorator: Female Architects Speak Out,” from The New York Times, here.

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