Monday, January 11, 2010


Of course, it's Monday and Monday is the day of the week where you expect nothing more than faulty weather reports and grocery stops that you know you should've done yesterday - it happens. But there are the little surprises in the news. Like the purported third gate crasher of the infamous state dinner - in case you didn't know, the original couple crashing the party were hoping for a little thing called screen time for their BRAVO show ... the Real Housewives of DC - but the third gate crasher claims to be invited too.

Now you know it's really Monday.

However, Dwell has a few interesting reads on their site including an article on the challenges of designing an airport, considering the large and almost impossible size (and function) it's meant to have and maintain.

Now, there's no such thing as having a completely positive experience at the airport. Holiday traveling might just be a modern re-telling of The Divine Comedy, had Dante lost all his bags and Christmas gifts. Of course, there's nothing remotely personal to a space as large as an airport or outwardly, comfortable. The article makes a point to say that the only positive part of LAX is the Theme Building, something that definitely looks like it could be apart of a sci-fi b-movie at any point.

Is it possible to even personalize such a massive space? Now, no one is perfect and controlling the foot traffic of 65 million people each year (should you be in Heathrow and traveling in that direction, of course) is just an overwhelming concept just thinking about it. There is staff, there is maintenance, and yes, the day-to-day unpredictability of 65 million people - 45 million of them, according to the article, that are really served comfortably.

But it does make you think. Are the tips that we read about and try to apply, incorporate into our homes and offices something that we can apply to something like an airport? Add a little color, the proper painting does wonders - maybe the transformation should start with the smaller things. Just food for thought.

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