Masita Binte Mohd Yusof
Up(ping) the Air Game: Skyport in a Garden

Thesis Supervisor: Dr. Simone Shu-Yeng Chung

Site: Jurong Lake District, Singapore 2025

Advancement in technology is changing the way we work, live, and play. As technology becomes more portable and accessible to the mass, location dependency is no longer needed, giving rise to a new set of people who often find downtime at airports. According to International Air Transport Association (IATA), 7.2 billion passengers are expected to move through the airport in 2035 (2016). Can airports accommodate the intensification of human movement globally and what kind of experience can airports offer? The thesis seeks to rethink the notion of airport and speculate the airport of the future, borrowing the theories of Agamben and Easterling. 

Designed for Singapore in the year 2025, Skyport in a Garden - a decentralised airport- speculates the future of air travel and how the way of live can be pushed. The advanced surveillance technology attached to every lamp post that Singapore has invested in allows the theatrical security stage, specific in every international airport, to be divorced from the confines of the airport itself. Skyport in a Garden eliminates the unpleasantness of travel from home-to-airport, and within the airport without compromising on security and safety. As air becomes a new paradigm in the way of travel, resources such as road networks, and exisitng airport lands to be better planned and organised.

State of Exception

Top-Left, The new technology that allows the theatrical security stage to be divorced from the confines of the airport. Bottom-Left, Travellers cross into the No-Man’s Land as they pass through Singapore’s custom. Right, Verfication of identity is done outside the confines of the airport, simplifying the processes at the airport itself.

The projected working population in Singapore’s business nodes helps in identifying the intensity level of population of each nodes and thus the capacity of passengers the skyport needs to cater for, while the taxi to working population ratio helps to determine the numbers of passenger drones/ air taxis to accommodate for. The selection of drones helps to determine the area coverage within the city and helps to pinpoint the areas that would require a skyport to satisfy the maximum distance coverage of each type of drones. 

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Design Stategies

With the proposed skyport, it will take passengers only 2 mins for departures and/or arrivals from the co-working lounges that are directly accessible from/to the departures/arrivals filter.

 

Business facilities are also made available to attract business travellers to stop over without having the need to enter Singapore territorially. 

Jurong Lake Skyport

Standing over the famed J-walk, the Jurong Lake Skyport adds on to the many layers of mobility, creating a better transport network globally and locally for Singapore. As air becomes a new paradigm in the way of travel, some of the road networks can be converted for pedestrian use, contributing to better living environment.