05 Apr Seaport, Airport, Spaceport
It’s crazy how small the world has become over the last couple hundred years. Whether it be the coming of the telephone, air travel or internet, we are a much more accessible species, irrespective of location. Once upon a time, explorers would set out across what they thought was endless seas. It was the frontier for all great adventures. The planet was vast and uncharted, but its shrunk since then.
The Wright Brothers are credited with inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903. Since then, air travel has exploded exponentially, and from what used to scattered seaports throughout the globe, we jumped into the future, creating massive architectural and technological marvels known as airports.
Beijing Capital International Airport, currently the second most trafficked airport in the world, saw 81,929,359 passengers and 557,167 flights last year alone. As one travels around the globe, from one airport to another, everything starts to look the same. Somewhere along the line in our global evolution, duty free shops, Louis Vuitton outlets, perfume + alcohol stores, sushi bars, McDonald’s and Starbucks became synonymous with worldwide travel. Suddenly these brands became the face of our united identity.
At the rate things are going, it’s not unlikely that soon (within the coming century) space will be the next frontier, and when that happens, spaceports will become the new norm. I’ve always been more of a Star Wars guy, but the images above show, what I think to be, a very real possibility. Once we figure out how to travel at the speed of light, space will be open to exploration. All we have to do is find others out there.
Crazy? Impossible? Imagine what a classic seafaring-explorer from back in the day would think of a modern-day airport — crazy.