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September 4, 2018

Students from NC State College of Design Honored with Architecture Award during the 2018 Venice Biennale

An inquiry of innovation, forward thinking, and global design has inspired the work of students at North Carolina State University’s College of Design School of Architecture. Eleven students who participated in an advanced architecture studio, Airport Design (ARC 503), were invited to exhibit their work, “Airports of the Future: Global Design Thinking,” during the 2018 Venice Biennale. This exhibition has been honored by the European Cultural Center (ECC) with The Architecture University Project Award 2018 for its contribution to research, for highlighting the significance of airport space, and for valuing the experiential journey.

Five student teams each created designs for airports in different cities around the globe, integrating advanced transportation technologies while considering their location’s culture, geography, and economy. Starting with the concept of the airport as a vital urban site of connection and exchange, the student teams developed radical new building typologies—pushing the limits of what an airport can be in an increasingly networked world. With the guidance of  Professor of Architecture Wayne Place, Ph.DP., and Curtis Fentress, FAIA, RIBA; Ana-Maria Drughi; and Joshua Stephens, AIA, NCARB, of Fentress Architects, the student teams developed comprehensive strategies for their chosen sites, including proposals that focused on issues of sustainability, ecology, building technology, and social justice.

Their project models and video concepts are on display through November 25, 2018, in Venice at the Time Space Existence exhibition hosted by the European Cultural Centre. The exhibition explores imaginative concepts of future innovation in air travel and anticipates the constantly evolving global challenges of airport design.

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