I love looking for random photo-ops between flights. Here is something from Vancouver International Airport back in December.
From my trip to San Francisco in December: There’s something I find aesthetically pleasing about how the angles of the building materials interact in this airport terminal. The variable sizes of the holes in the metal grilles add a little something too.
Yup, another photo title modelled after song lyrics. You can see downtown Calgary off in the distance behind all the airport infrastructure.
To eliminate all manner of glare, I was holding up my sweater in one hand to try and block out some interior lights while taking the photo with the other hand. I’m sure I looked really goofy to the people around me but at least the picture turned out.
The former Berlin Tempelhof Airport is a surreal green space.
It was an active commercial airfield until 2008 but since then, it’s been turned over to the people as a neat place to work and hang out.
The runways, once busy with jetliners, are now the domain of cyclists, in-line skaters and skateboarders.
The green spaces welcome kite enthusiasts (as seen above in September 2016), dog walkers and community gardeners.
There’s even a mini-golf course on site.
Some of the old airport terminal and cargo spaces are being re-used as offices, too.
This isn’t the first time the Tempelhof site has been easily accessible to the public. According to a historical article from the Berlin airport authority, the space was once used as a parade ground before it was earmarked for airport construction.
Once the airport closed, Berlin residents saved the space thanks to a referendum, the authors of the website tempelhoferfeld.info told me via Twitter.
As a result of the vote, the vast open areas won’t change very much while the area occupied by the defunct airport terminal and ancillary buildings can be developed with input from Berliners.
Definitely an instance of preservation, recreation and urban re-development working hand-in-hand.