Dallas-based Humphreys & Partners Architects LP unveiled its concepts for skyport and mega-skyport facilties at the Uber Elevate Summit this week in Los Angeles.
In a series of architecture plans, renderings, and ideas, HPA offered its vision for the design and infrastucture of the UberAIR skyport platform that will be the launch and landing sites for the air taxi service that could be testing in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Dubai as early as 2020. Uber Elevate released its aircraft prototype design on Tuesday during the Uber Elevate Summit 2018.
“It was important to think about concepts that fit present-day technology and existing developments, but can also adapt with shifting trends …”
Walter Hughes, HPA vice president of design, conceptualized a pair of distinctive ports for vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that could serve 5,400 passengers per hour with 180 landings/takeoffs per hour.
The facade utilizes a combination of self-healing bio-concrete and foliage, HPA said, making the structure not only eco-friendly, but also reduces noise and pollution.
“When designing the skyport and mega-skyport, it was important to think about concepts that fit present-day technology and existing developments, but can also adapt with shifting trends … Uber Elevate offers a viable solution,” Hughes said in a release.
Humphreys & Partners is one of six design finalists for the project. Other DFW finalists include Corgan, BOKA Powell, Duncanville-based Arup, and Dallas-based Beck. Fort Worth-based Bell and Dallas developer Hillwood Properties also are working with Uber on the flying taxi program.
BOKA Powell released its design concepts this week.
Renderings courtesy of Humphreys & Partners Architects.