Let’s move all the museums out to the airports (Or, at least just the Smithsonian)

Aaron Cope, Mapzen

A rhetorical investigation in to the idea that in order to fulfill the dual and sometimes competing mandates of access and preservation, in addition to meeting our fiduciary responsibilities, perhaps the physical and conceptual architectures best suited to the needs of the cultural heritage sector are found in the contemporary airport. From SFO to Amsterdam to Mumbai to Taiwan more and more airports are starting to not just to look like museums but to act like them too.

Does the sector's present focus on buildings-as-a-spectacle hijack the longer-term mission of its collections and can we look on the systems and infrastructures required to operate and maintain airport facilities as both a provocation and a guide towards a sustainable future?