Sunday, March 17, 2013
Walking through the American Airlines Terminal at JFK, designed by AECOM and completed in 2008, is a reminder how transportation facility design matters as a joyful and efficient first/last impression of a destination. While not extravagant, this terminal is simple in layout, has abundant natural and discreet artificial lighting, uses a durable and attractive material palette, and is lined with retail shops that seem to be placed by a museum curator. However, the best part of this experience - which could not be photographed - is TSA's pre-check security station; no need to remove shoes and pull out laptops sans the humiliation of a pat-down. As the expert traveler next to me said, "This is almost like the old days." Cities with aging, cluttered and poorly designed airports with brutal security protocols beware: your destination is only as good as your aviation architecture! Dean Sakamoto photos
See AECOM site at http://www.aecom.com/What+We+Do/Architecture/Market+Sectors/Transportation/Transit+Oriented+Development/_carousel/American+Airlines+Terminal+at+JFK+International+Airport
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
1) Has any thought been given to the quality of day light and ventilation inside?
2) Is it structurally sound and did its designer do the necessary due-diligence and obtain a building permit?
3) How does this conform to zoning for single-family use and the required building height envelope?
4) What will this addition be clad with? Is that a dog house up top?
Ultimately, this observation raises the issue of architecture as a reflection of its place and time... of yesterday, today, future or, none of the above.
Dean Sakamoto photo
Thursday, March 7, 2013
This mint-condition, 1959 Chevy Impala was sighted at a gas station on Waialae Avenue in Honolulu recently. This fine vehicle, made during the same year that Hawaii achieved Statehood, sets an excellent example of how we should respect our buildings of similar vintage: maintain its design integrity from the inside/out and keep it functioning and meticulously maintained. Although, it is not entirely fuel efficient, at least it runs on unleaded gas, says its owner of over 50 years... check out those tails! Dean Sakamoto photos above.