CONNECT: Corgan’s Mega Skyport
UberAIR could achieve massive scale with Corgan’s design for a future Skyport. Unveiled at the Uber Elevate Summit today, Corgan’s conceptual design, CONNECT, provides the infrastructure to support vertical take-off and landing for up to 1,000 Uber eVTOLs per hour in a system of modular components that can be adapted anywhere for ultimate convenience. Revolutionizing on-demand, individual point to point transportation, Corgan’s CONNECT system seamlessly integrates into the urban ecosystem—creating new travel arteries and redefining urban mobility.
The basic component of the system is the single module, which can be adapted to open sites, the top level of a parking garage, or the roof of a skyscraper. To maximize efficiency, modules can be paired and even stacked as eVTOL flight matures and demand increases. The CONNECT system is designed to coordinate with established highway networks to accommodate the higher throughput required of mass adoption, repurpose familiar frameworks to minimize noise and physical intrusion, and amplify convenience to reconnect the community it serves.
The CONNECT module is comprised of four parts:
THE CONNECTION PLAZA:
Anchoring the Skyport to highways and the surrounding community, the Connection Plaza serves as the iconic passenger entrance. More than just an entry, this area is a hub for community connection with multiple modalities of transit directly adjacent to the Plaza including direct access from the highway for Uber Car drop off and pickup, transfers to buses, and access to rail stations. The central component of the Connection Plaza is an open courtyard that is the walkable focal point for the surrounding community, providing easy access to the significant transit-oriented developments that invigorate the Plaza with activity.
Reclaiming land in dense urban environments and lifting the Skyport up and over the highway below, the Bridge is a beacon of innovation. The Bridge is a futuristic structural piece sculpted by passenger flow helping visitors reinforce efficient and intuitive movement.
The heart of the Skyport, the Station reclaims a physical connectivity in the urban fabric. All passengers, whether arriving or departing, interact with the Station and are able to enjoy its many offerings. The Station is not only the concourse that serves the UberAIR operations, but also becomes a new destination for Community Residents, Day to Day Business Commuters, Urban Tourists and Occasional Explorers. The Station serves as a community center and meeting point, contains shops and restaurants, hosts performances and special events, and provides parks, fountains, and other amenities consistent with the neighborhood’s culture.
THE FLIGHT DECK:
Passengers ascend to the Flight Deck, which crowns the Skyport and connects passengers to their dedicated Uber eVTOL as they embark on their next journey. The Flight Deck is in constant fluid motion mimicking the precision of a Swiss watch. Each paired module is capable of handling 180 landings per hour, with an eVTOL touching down and taking off every twenty seconds. At the center of each module is a monumental circulation core that brings passengers from the Station to the Flight Deck to board their UberAIR. Openings in the Flight Deck around the core provide a visual connection to the Station below and allow the cores to serve as a multi-story glowing guideposts at night. Whether it is the arriving passenger’s first glance to the Station below, or the departing passenger’s last chance to wave goodbye to friends and family, these openings provide a vital connection between the community and flight.
A New Culture of Urban Mobility
Introducing a new spectacle of flight to the urban environment and providing unlimited access to the sky, CONNECT becomes a destination that reclaims more than just time.
As Uber introduces air travel into their offerings, CONNECT will reinforce and enhance the customized, personalized offering provided today. By integrating into existing infrastructure networks, CONNECT will elevate today’s operations to higher levels of service than ever before. Centralized connectivity through the highway network ensures that everyone from daily business commuters to occasional explorers will have convenient access to combine UberAIR with traditional Uber car services to get where they are going in the familiar and easy fashion they can today.
Anticipating the demand and democratization of Uber’s eVTOL, CONNECT not only overcomes many of the technical challenges associated with peak usage, but also activates the Skyport as a vibrant, mixed-use space 24-hours a day--offering residents and travelers alike a dynamic place to shop, share a meal, gather for a local art show or easily connect to other public transportation.
While the primary purpose of the Skyport is to serve as a transportation hub for UberAIR service, Corgan seized the opportunity to extend the impact and create a hub that connects communities and creates personal and individualized experiences. Our vision for CONNECT is to address the greater needs of the community and take advantage of the unutilized space found above highways in every major city. By bridging the divides highways have left in the urban fabric, we reconnect communities and experiences and provide a commercial and social opportunity serving the neighborhood.