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The history and future of airport design

Slate has compiled an interesting slide-show essay on the history and future of airport design.

By the late 1920s, as air travel became more widespread, larger buildings were required, with ticketing counters, waiting rooms, baggage handling, customs and immigration, and so on. The design of new building types has often borrowed from the past—early skyscrapers looked liked steeples, for example—but the 19th-century railroad terminal, a monumental concourse in the front and a steel-and-glass shed over the platforms in the back, was not easily adapted to air travel. Architects have struggled with the problem of how to design airports ever since—and have produced a variety of different solutions.

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