BBC - Future - The tricks of airport design
How they keep travelers calm, quiet and... ready to shop !
From a terminal’s colours to the security queue, here’s how airports are designed to keep travellers calm, quiet – and ready to shop.
By Addison Nugent
1 May 2019
In 1995, French anthropologist Marc Auge categorised the airport as a “non-place”. Found the world over, non-places are devoid of identity – uniform structures (think Starbucks or McDonalds) that remain the same no matter where they are. By his definition airports are architectural machines, designed with the express purpose of moving people efficiently from one place to another.