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DAM Family Day – September 29, 2012:  Airports of the Future

Denver Architectural Foundation recently collaborated with personnel from Denver Art Museum, Fentress Architecture and Martin-Martin Consulting Engineers on a visionary building project linked with their NOW BOARDING exhibit showcasing the airport work of Curt Fentress.  As part of the associated Family Day activities, the museum hosted a “Box City”-type event for prospective AIRPORTS OF THE FUTURE.

CAL Family Day Airports of the Future

Attendees – adults and children – were encouraged to design & construct buildings and other features (airplanes, flying machines, service vehicles, transportation systems, airport infrastructure, etc.) that might be needed in facilities yet to exist.  It was estimated that more than 300 individuals took part in the activities.

The CAL Project Poster

The CAL Project Poster

Attendees – adults and children – were encouraged to design & construct buildings and other features (airplanes, flying machines, service vehicles, transportation systems, airport infrastructure, etc.) that might be needed in facilities yet to exist.  It was estimated that more than 300 individuals took part in the activities.

CAL Project Airports of the Future

Airports of the Future Activities

DAM’s Lindsay Genshaft initiated the idea and in addition to arranging for the space, provided the bulk of the consumable materials that were used in constructing the different structures and machines.  Fentress personnel generously donated time, materials, and expertise to staffing the event, plus they created 3 wonderful, futuristic landscapes as backdrops:  one in outer space, one in a frozen terrain and one located on a body of water.  Martin Martin also was well represented with numerous professionals assisting the aspiring airport designers, while also producing important signage and key details like the building permits.  DAF was able to contribute as part of the planning and consultation team leading up to the activity by incorporating the experience and suggestions from the CAL Project, as well as having people on site at the event.

CAL Project Activities

CAL Project Activities

 

Airport Buildings

Airport Buildings

 

Final Airport Design

Final Airport Design

 

Airport Design

Airport Design

Afterwards, Lyndsay graciously sent an e-mail stating:

“I wanted to thank each of you for your amazing contributions to our wonderful day at the museum. With all of our extra programming, you truly raised the level of visitor experience…All of the architects and engineers helped families to have such a unique experience by going through the process of really thinking about the construction of a structure logistically and artistically…Again, you all made this day so special and I truly appreciate everything you contributed.  Much much thanks”

On behalf of DAF, we appreciated the opportunity to take part and underscore those sentiments.  Thanks to all who took part, not least the visitors who peered into the future and offered concrete ideas of how that might look.  Well done!

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