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Hongqiao Terminal 1 gets green makeover

THE old terminal building of Shanghai's Hongqiao International Airport, or Terminal 1, will be renovated completely and one of the design the Shanghai Airport Authority is considering is a huge park so that visitors to the city will get a green welcome, the designers behind the initial masterplan of the airport development said yesterday.

"Passengers coming out from the airport will first meet a major green area rather than lines of taxis or Metro stations," Liu Hung Chih, regional managing director of AECOM, which proposed the overall masterplan of the airport, said yesterday as the company established a partnership with Harvard University on urban planning.

"It will be a completely changed set-up, with budget hotels, shower rooms, more duty-free shops as well as Wi-Fi coverage," said Jin Dexiong, deputy director of the Shanghai Airport Authority.

The new terminal building is in line with an emerging aerometropolis concept, which will turn the airport now a transportation hub, into a center for commerce and lifestyle. It will become a living room of urban environment rather than just an airport, according to Sean Chiao, executive vice president of AECOM China and a senior urban planner.

"It is a trend for future cities to make airports and railway stations also a source of pleasure for the public by combining them with parks and other functions," Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of Harvard's Graduate School of Design, told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

Students from the school will make urban blueprints for Xiamen in the southeast Fujian Province, Shenyang in the northeast Liaoning Province and Macau in three years in collaboration with the cities' urban planning authorities.

Mostafavi said that the new Hongqiao terminal building will be a good model for airports and railway stations across China.
The renovation work on Hongqiao's Terminal 1 building will be finished by 2015.

The terminal currently handles only 10 percent of passenger volume to the airport following the launch of Terminal 2 in 2010, according to the Shanghai Development and Reform Commission.
The new Hongqiao terminal, when it is fully revamped, will be able to handle a total of 15 million passengers per year, mainly from China, Japan and South Korea as well as those using low budget carriers, according to the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the Shanghai government.


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