Atlanta Hartsfield-jackson Airport

Year: Fall 2015

Place: University of Pennsylvania

Studio Critic: Laura Baird, 

This project is looking for clear and innovative outcomes concerning the Airport’s development and its role in the future of the city of Atlanta.  The greater Atlanta area is home to five and a half million residents along with hosting the busiest airport by aircraft operations in the world.  Yet the benefits for the the City have been relatively few  beyond  beyond job creation and airport/airline related industries given the lopsided relationship between city and Airport.  The availability of such important and utilised infrastructure necessitates  a greater impact within the context. Low cost carrier terminal calls for the reexamination of the preeminent airport city model, which have steadily divorced the airport from the city, to best leverage the strategic value of the airport  in order to bring maximum benefits to the population that it serves.  This requires the creation of a robust and resilient framework, with clear relationships in which the Airport can operate.  In determining  such an outcome it not only the functions and aspects of the airport itself, but also the effects beyond the scope of the traditional airport model.  Therefore what should the role of the airport be to the city.  Given increasing competition amongst airport hubs and cities, the Airport must be able to exert a greater level of control in partnership with, not in service of Airlines over bringing city and public ambitions to fruition.  Are there methods to curb airline power over both short term and long term Airport development and business?   It does not seem plausible that any airline, in particular Delta would give up their soft control over the airport operations without significant compensation. One of the unique features of the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones program, which differentiates it from free trade zones in other countries, is administration by local Grantees, expansion procedures which can bring FTZ status to areas outside of the established port area. The Atlanta airport as an essential public role in Georgia has the power to apply for expanding the zone towards their expectation. .  Currently, the Airport is used largely as a transit hub with relatively few incentives for passengers to make Atlanta a destination or arrange an extended layover.  Similarly, locals have little to no incentive to visit the Airport. The RFP therefore calls for models which addresses how the Airport might more directly engage both passengers and locals.  The Airport currently lies just outside the City of Atlanta municipal boundaries, with the inequally developed region, the automous airport become a vital role in atlanta’s south region. This low cost carrier terminal redefine the Airport’s relationship with the surrounding counties and different interest parties.  


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