"Departure Gate Urbanism"

Miku Dixit
Log 18, Winter 2010

Excerpt from the text:

"The international air terminal presents the cities of the world as flickering illuminated signs suspended over a series of departure gates — gateways to the cities of the world. Stockholm, Sydney, Shanghai are reduced to identical portals lining an indoor street, numbered and set in rows. The cities themselves are but a sleeping pill away. Or are they? Beyond one gate lies another central terminus leading to further fates. Nothing actually terminates at a terminal apart from the surrounding city. For the infrastructure of flight the terminal is a continuum. It is the endless center. The gates are infinite — they constitute a smooth space with the promise of infinite pathways and infinite destinations (a form of infinite regress). And through them move the citizens of this infinite 'city of cities.'"

Link to the publication.