“The Liquid Airport”: Security, Permeability, and Containment in Airports

  • Victor MarquezEmail author


In this chapter, the author discusses the growing relevance of the landside–airside boundary as a fine-grained filter that controls the density of airport terminals, and eventually, the flows of those liquids that try to pass through. If it is true that passengers and employees need to flow through an airport like liquids—in addition to the infrastructure’s natural porosity—designers who were increasingly pushed to look for separation and new strategies of containment started envisioning the airport as a system of control valves. The increased flow of global passengers and the governmental obsession to control each one of them may help to explain why airports resemble liquid’s containers and, how according to location and culture, they may feature certain degrees of permeability.



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