The New Airport: Safety Over Speed

Those glass atriums and mini-mall floor plans familiar to passengers trotting through the nation's airports may soon be more casualties of Sept. 11. Architects who specialize in airport design say a quiet change is taking place: long-planned airport renovations in at least a dozen cities, once predicated on moving passengers quickly through sleek terminals, are being revamped to emphasize security. Airy observation decks and artsy furnishings are giving way to hidden security corridors and concealed bomb sensors. "We're not building fortresses," says Ron Steinert, who oversees aviation projects for Gensler architects, "but we have to think about protection along with passenger...

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