09 Oct '12, 10am

The problem of airports as memorials

On Friday evening, at an appropriately lavish ceremony in the Czech capital, Prague airport was officially renamed Vaclav Havel Airport. The grand gesture was made to honour the dissident playwright and former president of the country, who was instrumental in the Velvet Revolution that brought an end to Communist rule in what was then Czechoslovakia back in 1989. There is something particular about airports, especially the big international hubs, that makes them apposite memorials through which we can pass and remember the great figures of political office and public life. They are gateways, focal points, the scenes of so many heartbreaking departures and emotional reunions. But I am not sure that the international airport-naming community has always got this right. For starters, there are a number of statesmen – and yes, they are usually men – for whom the eponymous n...

Full article: http://www.monocle.com/monocolumn/2012/10/09/7111/

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