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Terminal architecture in Zurich

Astragal’s morbid curiosity was piqued by news that London Metropolitan University Part 2 student andRIBA Council student representative Alex Scott-Whitby has initiated a dialogue between Swiss assisted-suicide clinic Dignitas and the owners of Zurich Airport over plans to relocate the clinic to the airport’s inter-country transit zone

The controversial organisation would relocate to a disused 1960s terminal under his plans, allowing it to operate with greater security and fewer legal restrictions.

Scott-Whitby said: ‘Architects are great at designing cemeteries, but we’re terrible at designing places where people pass away.’ Not since the AJ broke the news about students at Kent School of Architecture being asked to design a torture device (AJ 31.01.08) has architectural education proved so macabre.

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