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isaidso Mar 27, 2014 8:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Waterlooson (Post 6512782)
All airports look like clones... I mean they all have large parking garages, security check zones with x-ray machines, and from there you go to gates outside of which they have all these jets around.... weird. ;)

Not true at all. Sounds like the architects in charge of designing our airports have an equally one dimensional mentality when it comes to their work. ;)

Go peruse some world airports thread and you'll see just how varied the architecture is. Canadian airports are utilitarian to a fault; everything else is an after thought. In lots of other countries they seem to pay a lot of attention to the actual architecture of the structure. It's almost given equal billing with functionality. They view them as showpieces for their respective countries or regions and splurge to make sure they are architecturally stunning.

Ours are just there to be efficient. Our airports aren't offensive, but they're nothing that's going to stop you in your tracks in awe either. Then again, our bland utilitarian, toned down, modest designs do reflect our culture: tons more of the same can be found right outside the airport grounds. In that respect, at least our airports aren't out to deceive passengers about where they've just landed. I take it you've been to Waterloo?

middeljohn Mar 27, 2014 9:14 PM

It's an airport not a museum. The purpose is to get people to and from their planes as efficiently as possible. As long as it's comfortable to wait there (ergonomic chairs, enough washrooms, well-spaced gates, enough shops in the waiting area) this is one area of a city I can live with being simply utilitarian.

Chadillaccc Mar 27, 2014 9:28 PM

I really like Calgary's new terminal, it doesn't look like any other airport I've been to in Canada. All glass and skylights, ultramodern. Looks like a showpiece to me :D

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thebasketballgeek Mar 27, 2014 9:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Chadillaccc (Post 6515064)
I really like Calgary's new terminal, it doesn't look like any other airport I've been to in Canada. All glass and skylights, ultramodern. Looks like a showpiece to me :D

Have you been to the new Winnipeg terminal? I think it might be almost as modern as the one in Calgary

Chadillaccc Mar 27, 2014 9:49 PM

No but I've seen lots of pics. It looks very cool!

GreaterMontréal Mar 27, 2014 9:50 PM

Mirabel was all glass in the 70's.

Chadillaccc Mar 27, 2014 9:58 PM

and it still managed to not look very good or attract any significant passenger service.

SFUVancouver Mar 27, 2014 10:01 PM

YVR rated No. 1 airport in North America, ninth in the world [Skytrax]
 
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YVR rated No. 1 airport in North America, ninth in the world

Vancouver Sun March 27, 2014 2:43 PM

Vancouver International Airport has been named the No. 1 airport in North America for the fifth consecutive year by Skytrax World Airport Awards.

YVR was again also rated one of the world's best airports, and was the only North American airport included in the global top 10.

In the top 10 best North American airports, Toronto's Pearson took fifth place and Halifax's Stanfield took seventh place, beating out New York's JFK airport.

The Skytrax ranking, known in the travel industry as the Passenger Choice Awards, are considered a global benchmark of airport excellence. Awards are based on millions of independent surveys of passengers. This year's awards compiled the results of 12.85 million surveys completed by customers of 110 different nationalities at 410 airports worldwide. Surveys measured the travel experience of 39 airport service categories, including arrivals and check-in, security and border clearance processes, along with shopping, service and dining options.

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Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/rated+ai...#ixzz2xCeXxwD0

Canada did pretty great!

YVR came in 1st for North America, was the 9th place airport overall in the world, plus it was 1st globally in the 10-20 million passenger category, and 2nd place in North America for staff. The Fairmont Hotel at the YVR was the best airport hotel in North America.
Toronto came in 5th place in North America and 9th globally in the 30-40 million passenger category.
Halifax came in 7th place in North America, it took 3rd place globally in the under 5 million passenger airport category, and it took 3rd place in North America for the regional airports category.

Here is the link to the Skytrax Global Airport Awards category top 10 lists: http://www.worldairportawards.com/Aw...Categories.htm

GreaterMontréal Mar 27, 2014 10:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Chadillaccc (Post 6515110)
and it still managed to not look very good or attract any significant passenger service.

But we all know why. HSR failed to materialize. In the 70's , it was the largest airport in the world in terms of surface area ever envisioned. It is one of two airports in Canada with sufficient right-of-way that can be expanded to accommodate 50 million passengers per year. The terminal was hailed as an architectural triumph when it first opened.

Daveography Mar 28, 2014 12:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Chadillaccc (Post 6515064)
I really like Calgary's new terminal, it doesn't look like any other airport I've been to in Canada. All glass and skylights, ultramodern. Looks like a showpiece to me :D

Sorry, Chad, but I really don't see it. It's a huge expansion for Calgary, and I'm sure it will look quite nice on the inside, but the exterior is very basic and uninspired.

Bcasey25raptor Mar 28, 2014 4:44 AM

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Originally Posted by SFUVancouver (Post 6515112)

Some days I feel Vancouver can do no wrong aside from cost of living.

I'm staying no matter what.

spaceprobe Mar 28, 2014 7:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Chadillaccc (Post 6513904)
It's pretty cool that only our fourth largest province has two airports on the list! There are two provinces total with two each, and one with three! Can you guess which one? :P :)

thats not unusual when there are two cities, almost similarly sized through much of history, separated by several hours drive.

Denscity Mar 28, 2014 7:38 AM

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Originally Posted by SFUVancouver (Post 6515112)
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/rated+ai...#ixzz2xCeXxwD0

Canada did pretty great!

YVR came in 1st for North America, was the 9th place airport overall in the world, plus it was 1st globally in the 10-20 million passenger category, and 2nd place in North America for staff. The Fairmont Hotel at the YVR was the best airport hotel in North America.
Toronto came in 5th place in North America and 9th globally in the 30-40 million passenger category.
Halifax came in 7th place in North America, it took 3rd place globally in the under 5 million passenger airport category, and it took 3rd place in North America for the regional airports category.

Here is the link to the Skytrax Global Airport Awards category top 10 lists: http://www.worldairportawards.com/Aw...Categories.htm

Vancouver has the best airport in North America for the 5th year in a row. I like that.

middeljohn Mar 28, 2014 3:50 PM

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Originally Posted by RTA (Post 6515293)
Sorry, Chad, but I really don't see it. It's a huge expansion for Calgary, and I'm sure it will look quite nice on the inside, but the exterior is very basic and uninspired.

Again, we're talking about airports here, not art museums...

Sometimes the bickering on this forum about architecture is a little bit over the top. Not everything needs to be a piece of art. Some things are perfectly fine by being utilitarian and functional in design.

Surrealplaces Mar 28, 2014 4:15 PM

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Originally Posted by RTA (Post 6515293)
Sorry, Chad, but I really don't see it. It's a huge expansion for Calgary, and I'm sure it will look quite nice on the inside, but the exterior is very basic and uninspired.

In other words the same as all other airports in Canada and most of the world ;)

Agreed, it's pretty basic, which is normal for an airport. The architecture's first concern is functionality over beauty. I think it's as nice as any other airport expansion in Canada.

rbt Mar 28, 2014 4:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Bcasey25raptor (Post 6515649)
Some days I feel Vancouver can do no wrong aside from cost of living.

Cost of living is pretty reasonable if you ignore the real-estate portion. Buy a place and use magic to pay it off, and you'll be golden.

isaidso Mar 28, 2014 4:28 PM

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Originally Posted by middeljohn (Post 6515029)
As long as it's comfortable to wait there (ergonomic chairs, enough washrooms, well-spaced gates, enough shops in the waiting area) this is one area of a city I can live with being simply utilitarian.

That is a very Canadian way of looking at things.... hence why our airports look the way they do. Canadians, as a whole, are an extremely pragmatic bunch. It serves us well, but sometimes I wish we'd diverge from that line of thinking a bit more. Beauty, design, aesthetics can't be measured in dollars and cents, but it does effect the quality of life of our cities and towns.

GreaterMontréal Mar 28, 2014 4:33 PM

Canada is big, but very small at the same time. Italia 60M, the size of Quebec City-Windsor.

Daveography Mar 28, 2014 5:49 PM

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Originally Posted by middeljohn (Post 6516079)
Again, we're talking about airports here, not art museums...

Sometimes the bickering on this forum about architecture is a little bit over the top. Not everything needs to be a piece of art. Some things are perfectly fine by being utilitarian and functional in design.

Disagreement is not bickering; I only stated that I don't see what Chad sees in the new YYC terminal. You'll also notice that I didn't argue anywhere that it should be an architectural masterpiece, but that said, I certainly wouldn't complain if we ever got a Calatrava-designed terminal somewhere in Canada.

Mrs Sauga Mar 28, 2014 7:05 PM

Quite a few of our railway stations are/were stunning. Too bad our airports aren't.


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