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Taiwanese student honored for airport of the future design

FENTRESS ARCHITECTS:A plan for an underground airport in Greenland that uses geothermal and wind energy got the attention of a panel of architects

Staff Writer, with CNA

The world-renowned architectural design firm Fentress Architects honored a Taiwanese student for his design of an “airport of the future” that could be built in Greenland using geothermal heat to power a huge underground complex.

Fentress Architects announced the winning student designs in last year’s Fentress Global Challenge, the Airport of the Future Competition — an international competition for architecture students.

Daniel Kang (康景堯), a student at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) in Taipei, received an honorable mention award for his innovative design, titled New Arcticity.

Kang’s airport of the future is an underground complex located in Greenland. The airport, which would be powered by geothermal and wind energy, would be at the center of a dome-like complex surrounded by commercial districts and beyond that, residential areas.

Kang said that because of climate change, depleting natural resources and other pressing issues, people would soon be forced to head toward the Arctic to find places to live.

Praising Kang’s achievement, Chuang Yi-ting (莊亦婷), an associate professor at NTUST’s department of architecture, said Kang’s concept resonates with global environmental issues, adding that Kang’s work was highly appreciated because of its realism, high adaptability and innovation.

Fentress Global Challenge is an annual international competition created to engage students worldwide in the exploration of future design possibilities in public architecture.

Last year’s competition showcased imagined possibilities in airport design.

Participants were encouraged to explore the topic in a variety of ways and to integrate concepts of urbanization, globalization, innovations in materials, technologies, aesthetics, flexibility, security, adaptability and traveler experience.

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