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5/12/20

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What Will Air Travel Look Like Post-Covid-19?

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Photo Lucas Blair Simpson © SOM

Source: Vogue

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So what will flying look like in a post-COVID-19 age? Scott Duncan has an idea. As a partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, he’s designed several high-profile and highly trafficked terminals, such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal 2 in Mumbai and Changi Terminal 3 in Singapore (ranked the best airport in the world.) Currently, he’s working on a new high-rise project in Wuhan, where he saw firsthand how his client’s interests changed pre- and post-coronavirus: natural ventilation, sunlight, and green areas, once aesthetic add-ons, became priorities. Duncan is already implementing those lessons into a new global terminal he’s building at the Chicago airport. “It’s something that we were already proposing at O’Hare,” he said. “Outdoor spaces are going from ‘Oh, this is nice to have’ to ‘It’s a genuine amenity and maybe a necessity to travel.’”

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