Work: Speculative: Oakland International Airport
How is a building type such as the airport, which facilitates the moving of people from one point to another connected to the city it represents? This investigation sets out to re-inscribe how the experience of the airport goes from one of being generic to an experience of specificity. Whereas the city is experienced in a state of distraction, the airport is experienced in a state of focused experiences. The thesis uses data and architecture to transform that concentrated experience.
This exploration challenges the notion that the airport is simply a machine of efficiency. An effective re-reading of this notion has to do with a ‘recalibration’ of itineraries, boundaries, territories, points, and peripheries as sources of orientation. The airport is interesting in that it escapes the functionality of the city. The space that is carved out for the airport, is a temporal gap, left unfilled and unused, a residual space of the city the airport represents. This airport will either exist generically in its operations around the passenger or begin to challenge the parameters of a terminal all together.