June 14, 2019
Uber’s 3rd Elevate Summit featured the designs for Uber Air Skyports from eight architecture and engineering firms. The new designs showcase both a parking structure retrofit concept and a new bespoke concept, and represent the first fully-considered and technically-feasible Skyports for a 2023 commercial launch of Uber Air.
Finalists included: Beck, BOKA Powell, Corgan, Gensler, Humphreys & Partners Architects, Mithun, Pickard Chilton + ARUP and SHoP.
John Badalamenti, Uber’s Head of Design for Elevate says, “With the first launch of Uber Air just a few short years away, this collection of Skyport Mobility Hub concepts establish a practical, sustainable vision for the infrastructure needed in the communities we plan to serve.”
This year’s Skyports – both retrofits and new build concepts – are designed to support busy, multi-modal operations facilitating both ground and air transport. In addition to designing for aircraft operations (known as electric vertical and takeoff and landing, or “eVTOL” vehicles), all the concepts also include space for electric bikes and scooters, EV charging infrastructure, and a connection to public transit.
*Pictured Mithun’s “SkyPark” Los Angeles
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