Aerial Futures: Urban Constellations

Aerial Futures | PLANE—SITE

This film launches in the run-up to the next public AERIAL FUTURES event, taking place on Thursday, July 19 at Denver Art Museum. This edition, entitled Constructed Landscapes, will ask how airports influence the future of mobility and transportation. Speakers include YJ Fischer from Virgin Hyperloop One, Curtis Fentress from Fentress Architects, Amy Ford from the Colorado Department of Transportation, and Fred Merrill from Sasaki.

Multiple-airport cities present new challenges for passengers and urban dwellers who may struggle to navigate their aerial infrastructure. Airports within a single city, frequently owned and operated by different governing bodies, are often in competition with one another, and may lack sufficient infrastructure to connect them. This can lead to unpredictable and even confusing experiences.

With seven airports in its metro area, New York City offers an ideal case study to reimagine airports as a choreographed urban ecosystem, as reliant on architecture and urban planning as it is on technology and data-driven design. The film features experts who discuss the challenges and opportunities for the future of New York City’s aerial infrastructure, drawing on the New York think tank’s focus on urban design and digital interfaces.