Reviews - What do customers think about Airport Design (Design Books)?
Nice pictorial overview of various airports from around the world Jun 6, 2008
Airport Design, is quite similar to its sister publication, Aircraft Interiors. Like the inside of an airplane, most people don't really think much of the airport that they are travelling in and out of. In the past, an airport was simply a transition point. Today, the concept of airport cities are becoming a reality, where the airport is its own entity and profit center.
Airport design is not a book for those looking to create airports from an architectural perspective, but rather a picture book of various airports around the world.
The book showcases what airport designers are trying to accomplish, to make airports more appealing places. Airports now are often mall-like, with high-end stores and restaurants. Airports of old were often small and cramped. Newer airports are often measures in millions of square feet and offer amenities well beyond basic travel services.
Airport Design showcases about 50 airports from around the globe, from Atlanta to Zurich. Surprisingly, the book leaves out any mention of middle-eastern airports. This is surprising as Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport was recently placed first in a survey amongst 40 European airports, and the new Dubai World Central International Airport is soon to be the world's largest.
To understand the scale of the Dubai World Central International Airport; it will have an annual cargo capacity in excess of 12 million tons, which 300% more than what FedEx has in Memphis. Its passenger capacity will be in excess of 120 million passengers, which is also 300% more than Atlanta Hartsfield, which for the time being is the world's busiest passenger airport.
For those looking for a pictorial overview of some of the world's most pleasing airports, Airport Design will be a gratifying read.
Only architectural renderings Dec 19, 2007
One reviewer here says that this book isn't in English. Well it really has NO language. Each section has just a heading to identify the geographic location of the airport and the architect and a year. It doesn't tell you if that year was when the airport terminal was proposed or when it was finished.
There is NO other information! Nothing about the cost, the size of the building, to say NOTHING about how this terminal is different than any other terminal building. The architectural renderings are very detailed--so much so that they look like photos and might be in some cases. It just leaves me cold and unsatisfied.
Some years ago I encountered another similar book also sourced in Germany. It seems to be in a rare genre that includes only visuals and almost no words. I need more than just pictures. If you do too, DON'T buy this book.
I returned it and took the effort not to recover a few bucks but as a protest about the lack of information in this book.
language is not english Mar 9, 2007
I like this book but its language isnot english. next time books must be send me english please.. I did not read any info about this.
Nice Airport Photo book Feb 6, 2006
If you dont care about architechture and design and hate staying for hours at the airport, then this book is not for you. But if you like good architechture and design and a trip to an airport to you is like a trip to a museum then you are going to like this book. i like to build and design miniture airports and this book inspires my a lot and gives me lots of ideas. the photo and paper quality are excelletnt and the price is a real bargain for 400 cool pages.