Five Dallas Architecture Firms Present Skyport Designs at Uber’s Elevate Summit
The future of aerial ridesharing moved closer to reality this week as eight of the world’s leading architecture and design firms unveiled plans at Uber’s third annual Elevate Summit in Washington, DC.
The four Dallas-based companies include Corgan, Humphreys & Partners Architects, The Beck Group, and BOKA Powell. In addition, Gensler presented his concept. Although Gensler’s regional office is headquartered in San Francisco, it is located in the historic Meadows Building on Greenville Avenue.
According to Uber’s Head of Design for Elevate John Badalamenti, the presentations are a step towards a more tangible understanding of the future of aerial ridesharing, once implemented.
“With Uber Air’s first launch in just a few years, this collection of Skyport Mobility Hub concepts creates a practical, sustainable vision for the infrastructure needed in the communities we want to serve,” Badalamenti said in a press release. “These designs represent a synergy of purpose and orchestrate a seamless transition between ground transit such as Uber Pool and eVTOL aircraft on the tarmac – and at the same time contribute to the surrounding neighborhood.”
The Beck Group calls their design the Dallas Skyport. The concept is to build on an existing seven-story parking structure and provide additional space for bicycles, scooters and electric vehicles. The facility will also include a 6,000-square-foot lobby and a 2,000-square-foot sky lounge for passengers awaiting departure.
Gensler’s concept, called CITYSPACE, is a mixed-use facility that combines shopping, dining and traveling into one experience.
Corgans concept, CONNECT | EVOLVE is designed as a mixed-use facility that includes concepts for restaurants, grocery stores, sports fields and entrepreneurship facilities. The design also includes sustainability features like a solar skin, floors to harness kinetic energy, and heliostats that receive and redirect sunlight under highways and the flight deck.
Humphreys & Partners Architects presented their concept Volary, which includes a design that is supposed to look like it is floating in the air. It has a vertical atrium made of tinted, sound-absorbing smart glass and a sales area of 9,500 square meters.
The last company presented in Dallas, BOKA Powell, calls its concept Urban Re-Vision. The space allows take-off, parking and landing from the air, as well as additional space for electric scooters, bicycles and charging vehicles.
Uber has set a goal of launching commercial aerial ridesharing by 2023. The first three cities are Dallas, Los Angeles and Melbourne.