Thursday, December 8, 2011

Airport Argentina Show

Exceeding expectations by a wide margin, the first edition of Airport Show Argentina – 1st National Airports Congress, co-organised by the Association of Argentine Airport Management Professionals (ATEGA) and Reed Exhibitions Argentina drew to a close with big success.

The opening session, held to a packed house, was presided over by Transport Secretary Juan Pablo Schiavi and Tourism Minister Carlos Meyer. Sharing the opening ceremony with them were Aerolíneas Argentinas CEO Mariano Recalde; Airports Authority (ORSNA) President and Vice-President Manuel Baladrón and Rafael Alonso, respectively; National Civil Aviation Administrator Alejandro Granados; Airport Security
Police head Salvador J. Postiglioni; ATEGA President Enrique Fabrizio as well as Reed Exhibitions Argentina Director-General Gabriel Pascual and Marketing & Operations Director Walter Ivitz.

Also at hand were Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 Legal Affairs and Institutional Affairs directors Gustavo Lupetti and Jorge Lukowsky, respectively. Lukowsky doubles as Vice-President of the Airports Council International – Latin America & the Caribbean (ACI-LAC). Horacio Iriarte and Felipe Baravalle, London Supply General Manager and Airports Division head, respectively, also joined for the opening session.

In his closing speech, Enrique Fabrizio expressed his full satisfaction for the results achieved by the congress, believing that “the development and the expectations generated by it have shown beyond doubt that Argentina can hold such an event, aimed for the whole world, in a professional fashion.” Fabrizio also explained that an event of the magnitude into which Airport Show Argentina – 1st National Airports
Congress grew had enabled its organisers “to create the necessary climate for players from all corners of the aviation & airports industry, from airport management professionals through product & service suppliers to airport management companies and it did it in a manner such that they would exchange ideas, do networking, increase their knowledge of the trade and discuss business trends to the benefit of airport
service quality and infrastructure.”

Fabrizio expressed deep gratitude for the institutional support from government bodies and sponsorship from national as well as international businesses, which combined with a strong attendance to enhance the professional setting for the various panels included in the congress schedule. The latter consisted of the following themes:

Institutional Organization of the Airport Sector | Airport Operations in the 21st Century | Argentina’s Airport Model | The Environmental Impact of Airport Activity | Airport Security | Operational Safety | New Proposals in Technology and Service | The Demand for Air Travel as a Factor of Development: The impact of airports.

Although a total of 700 registrations were received ahead of the event, the actual total number of attendees over the course of the two-day meeting rose to 800. As a result, the 300-seat layout in the La Pampa conference room of the Buenos Aires Sheraton Hotel & Convention Centre was boosted to nearly 400 seats for both the opening session as well as various panels.

Airport Show Argentina – 1st National Airports Congress was widely publicised among professional groups and the media – both at home and abroad. Thousands of aviation & airport professionals and the specialised media were regularly informed of progress in the event preparations. A number of professionals living abroad flew to Buenos Aires in order to take part in the congress – three of them ultimately were invited and formed a panel exclusively made up of executives coming from Australia, the US and the UK.

Judging by the strong feedback received thus far by the organisers, Airport Show Argentina – 1st National Airports Congress, ATEGA’s initiative (a dream harboured by the association from day one seven years ago) was a big success. Based on the results, the second edition of the congress appears firmly on course for its scheduled opening at the Hilton Buenos Aires on November 27-28. True to the original guidelines set out by ATEGA for Airport Show Argentina – 1st National Airports Congress and building on the strong interest expressed by various stakeholders in the air transport industry, the 2nd National Airports Congress will also include an aeronautical as well as airport product, technology & services exhibition.

Notes to editors:

The Association of Argentine Airport Management Professionals – ATEGA – represents the common interest of airport management technicians and related staff. ATEGA’s raison d'être is the preservation of the ethical, professional as well as material well-being aspects of airport & aerodrome administrators, regulators and management professionals, the continuous advancement of their training standards and job protection. Over the last year, ATEGA has continued to increase its institutional relations with other institutions, intermediate entities, trade unions, inland airport management offices and airport lease operators among other public and private bodies.

On Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading event organizer, with more than 460 events in 44 key areas of diverse markets, also including the aviation sector, in its portfolio. In 2010, exhibitions organized by Reed Exhibitions organized in 36 countries in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia drew more than seven million professional attendees.

Friday, November 11, 2011

1s National Airport Congress at the Sheraton Hotel in Buenos Aires

Jorge S. Kuperman, AIA,  Principal of JSK Architectural Group in Miami, Florida will be part of a roundtable discussion at the 1s National Airport Congress at the Sheraton Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 29 and 30, 2011.

The roundtable subject is “Innovative ideas in technology & services.”  Kuperman will present the latest trends in the design, technology, and planning of airport concessions in USA. The event will be moderated by Javier Lifa with the Argentine Airports Authority (ORSNA).

Friday, October 14, 2011

NewsLink Group Debuts Air Essentials At MIA

NewsLink Group has launched Air Essentials™ at Miami International (MIA).

The convenience store concept features over-the-counter medication, snacks, candy, beverages, gum and mints, as well as health and beauty aids, travel accessories and souvenirs.

“We are excited to introduce at Miami International Airport our proprietary Air Essentials™ concept,” says Ray Kayal Jr., president and CEO. “This next generation over-the-counter pharmacy and convenience store compliments the quality and variety of stores at MIA and serves our passengers as well as our airport employee community.”   

The more than 1,300 sq. ft. store, in North Terminal D, is open daily from 6 a.m. until the last flight leaves.

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Other Art Walk

By Sebastian del Marmol

published: January 27, 2011

Wynwood and the Design District might be Miami’s art meccas du jour. But do they have staying power? Only time will tell. Coral Gables, on the other hand, has proven art cred; Gallery Night existed for decades before the Second Saturday Art Walk. And now, the City Beautiful is primed to reclaim its spot as the cultural melting pot of Miami-Dade by bringing other assets to the fray — besides free wine. This Friday’s Gallery Night will include two events taking place simultaneously: the Art in the Park Concert Series and Giralda Under the Stars. Art in the Park will bring live entertainment, food, and more art to Ponce Circle Park (2810 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables) — an easy stop on the gallery tour. Bands Ketchy Shuby, Xperimento, and ¡Suenalo! will perform. And if you’re not satiated by typical street fare, walk over to the 100 block of Giralda Avenue where the street will be closed to traffic, and dozens of restaurants and bars will offer their eats to hungry patrons. If you happen to remember that the night is ultimately about art appreciation, check out “Art by Architects” at JSK Architectural Group (137 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables) or “Contemporary Chinese Painting, Prints, Photos, and Sculpture” at Artspace/Virginia Miller Galleries. The entertainment and art-soaking are free, but you’ll have to pay for your food. Gallery Night gets going at 7 p.m. Trolley service will be available for transport to various downtown galleries and special events.

Fri., Feb. 4, 7 p.m., 2011  


NOVEMBER 4TH, 2011 - 7:30 PM

Monday, October 3, 2011

Head for the Hill’s

Frank Lloyd Wright in Central Florida Highlands

by Irene Sperber

The only Planetarium FLW ever built (Florida Southern College)

Celebrated Miami architectural design photographer Robin Hill has exposed a surprisingly little known nugget in the mine of iconic Florida architecture. The largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world is nestled in a bucolic college town in the Central Florida Highlands. Photographer Hill traveled to Lakeland, Florida 12 times between 2001 and 2010 capturing a panoply of Wright’s organic architecture; shining a light on the need for loving kindness to protect and restore this mother lode of distinction. To raise funds and awareness, Hill approached the World Monument Fund, who added Florida Southern’s collection to their “most endangered site” list in 2007. Since then some restoration has taken place, but more is necessary to preserve and honor this icon of architectural history. World Monument Fund held an exhibition of Hill’s stellar images in the Charles Cowles Gallery in NYC at the same time (2009) the Guggenheim was exhibiting a tribute to Wright and his museum design for their 50th anniversary.

Hill had seven pieces in the Guggenheim’s “Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward” exhibition which showed in New York and Bilbao. All the pieces were of Florida Southern.

FSC in Lakeland is the only college designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as the only theater-in-the-round that Wright ever built. Wright saw the campus as rising from the earth and aptly named it “Child of the Sun.” Twelve interconnected buildings protect students from the blistering sun, creating a lacework of design that only Wright could conjure.

I recently spoke with Hill about the project. For several more weeks, ten of his images and a video are on exhibit at the JSK Gallery and Studio in Coral Gables(by appointment only). The show is called “Floyd on Lloyd,” as Robin Hill used Pink Floyd songs (the ‘60‘s British rock band) to highlight the visuals. Inspired. “Another Brick in the Wall,” Robin!


Photographer Robin Hill found his way to Miami from Nottingham, England via life as a cruise ship photographer where he eventually met his wife. In 1992, after four years aboard, Hill disembarked for good onto Miami’s shores, a most fortuitous and exciting time in our evolution. He is no stranger to Florida historic preservation; Hill had just finished work on the MiMo project, (a book of mid-century buildings highlighted in the book MiMo: Miami Modern Revealed, that, along with Hill, Randall Robinson co-authored with New York Times researcher Eric Nash), when Diane Smart, the President of the Broward Trust of Historic Places mentioned the Frank Lloyd Wright campus in Lakeland, and Hill was off to investigate yet another iconic architectural enclave.

Lakeland: The Story

In 1936 the President of Florida
Southern College (from 1925-’57),
Ludd Spivey, visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin home in the middle of the Great Depression with a vision to build a “college of tomorrow” in the hopes of ramping up college enrollment. A handshake cemented the deal for Wright to build a dream design for the Methodist campus. It quickly came into focus as ground breaking began in 1938 and the twelve buildings continued until completion in the late ’40’s. World famous, Frank Lloyd Wright was 69 and already greatly respected during this time.

More on the exhibiting JSK Gallery & Studio

JSK Architectural Group and its Principal Jorge S. Kuperman, AIA, are involved in promoting and exhibiting art in all of its forms related to Architecture. “Floyd on Lloyd” is the second of a series after a successful “Art by Architects” exhibition that took place last March 2011 as part of the Giralda Under the Stars event in Coral Gables.

Stained Glass

Jorge Kuperman says, “It is a fulfilling experience to be able to show, along the front of our Studio location in 137 Giralda Avenue in Coral Gables, art related to Architecture and give the opportunity to current as well as emerging artists to connect with the community by exhibiting their work of art.”

Robin Hill’s “Floyd on Lloyd” Exhibition at the JSK is on view by appointment only by calling 305.674.8549.

For more information:

Robin Hill Photography

Publication: Florida Southern College by Dale Allen Gyure

ALL PHOTOS BY ROBIN HILL from the Florida Southern College campus built by Frank Lloyd Wright.