Art: Jet-Age Airport

When Architect Eero Saarinen was invited to submit plans for Washington's new Dulles International Airport, he set out on a countrywide tour of existing air terminals. He came back with one overriding impression: his feet hurt. The average passenger, he observed, "already has a walking distance of 900 feet from the point of entering the terminal to actually boarding his plane." Saarinen's solution: replace the customary "finger-style" airport design, which rays out to distant plane positions, with a compact structure served by a system of "mobile lounges." Instead of boarding their planes directly, passengers will board the lounges: double-width buses...

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