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GT7 Student Yuanyuan Wu's Work Shortlisted

We are proud to share the news of fellow Global Track student, Yuanyuan Wu, and her recent accomplishment of being shortlisted for the "2019 Fentress Global Challenge (FGC) competition: Airport of Future." The international competition was held by Fentress Architects with press release of all shortlisted entries announced this past July 29, 2019.

The shortlisted entries include a wide range of responses—from highly speculative visions, to more practical adaptations of current methodologies. Participants were challenged to re-envision the terminal building for the year 2075 and in doing so, also integrate a key component of Fentress’ design philosophy: use context to create identity. They were cautioned that context is more than an intellectual consideration of the history, or physical appearance of a place, and more than the way new will live with old. Context must draw on the senses and memories that define a place and make it unique. Context grows from community, and people respond to it.

In line with the speculative nature of the competition, participants were also challenged to improve every aspect of the airport terminal building, and to delve deeply into one or more highly relevant areas in airport architecture and the future of aviation: mobility, urbanization, globalization, technology, flexibility, security, project feasibility, and passenger experience.

Curtis Fentress, founder of the Fentress Global Challenge,said “there was no shortage of creativity this year; we saw several interesting ideas that incorporated hyperloop, driverless cars, pod systems, vertical structures, new security systems, and even space travel.”

More info on the competition can be found at

Congratulations again to Yuanyuan Wu for your amazing work!

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