TWA Flight Center documented with laser scanning, photography and hyperlapse video
July 21, 2015
As the plan for conversion of Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center into a hotel and conference center inches closer to reality, two people have taken the opportunity to document the site in depth while it sits empty awaiting its next life. Lori Walters, historian and researcher at University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation & Training, and her team at ChronoPoints, used three-dimensional terrestrial laser scanning technology to create highly detailed digital models of the terminal. Her hope is to eventually make the models available to the public alongside photos and oral histories both online and in a museum setting. Meanwhile, photographer Max Touhey captured every nook and cranny of the Flight Center as it exists today; surprising details are remarkably intact. Touhey’s project resulted in an impressive collection of documentation images—98 of which are currently featured on curbed.org [link here]. Don’t miss his special feature: a hyperlapse video that whisks you through the Flight Center in 11 seconds.