NEW HAVEN, LOS ANGELES: New Haven based Pickard Chilton working with Arup, Corgan, and The Beck Group was selected as one of six leading architecture and engineering firms to showcase the first designs at Uber’s 2nd Elevate Summit, for uberAIR Skyports. These conceptual designs mark the first steps from industrial leaders to create infrastructure for high-volume operations of uberAIR networks in and around cities.
According to a release from Pickard Chilton, dozens of submissions, were whittled down to six concepts were selected which demonstrate a high degree of realism and technical feasibility. Finalists include: Gannett Fleming, BOKA Powell, Humphreys & Partners Architects, Pickard Chilton working with Arup, Corgan, and The Beck Group.
The Skyports are designed to support uberAIR landing and take-off at a busy, high-volume location such as a stadium or concert hall. The concepts are required to support transport of more than 4,000 passengers per hour within a 3 acre footprint and must meet noise and environmental requirements, ensuring that 100% electric VTOLS are able to recharge between trips with minimal impact to nearby communities.
“Today Uber invited six of the most innovative architectural firms to share their concepts at our annual Summit. This is the culmination of hundreds of designers and engineers that have created dozens of designs for a highly efficient and modular Skyport. While uberAIR might feel like a far away dream, it’s closer than you think and urban infrastructure has to start to evolve now to keep up. We’re excited to have collaborated with leading firms to imagine how physical Skyports would work at scale and how we can best design spaces that are quiet, environmentally conscious and create natural pockets of activity for the transportation of the future,” said John Badalamenti, Uber’s Head of Design for Advanced Programs and Aviation.
The Pickard Chilton and Arup collaboration is called - “Sky Tower.”
Pickard Chilton says it design with Arup “is driven by function, creating a form that would support, augment and perhaps ‘elevate’ the Uber brand. A single module allows for 180 landings and take-offs per hour, accommodating 1800 peak passengers every hour per module. Modules can be combined both vertically and horizontally to allow the Skyport to adapt to the city landscape.”
Jon Pickard, FAIA, RIBA, Principal at Pickard Chilton, said of their plan “the concept for the Uber Skyport presents a functional design that is respectful of its community, efficiently achieves Uber’s capacity objectives, and is an elegant yet highly engineered and sophisticated work of architecture. While our design for the Skyport is conceptual, it is not science fiction. Based on a pragmatic and research-driven approach, our concept delivers to Uber a modular, extensible and sustainable solution that supports their vision for the future of intra-urban transportation.”