Aerotropolis, the way we’ll live next?

For twenty years, airports continue to grow. So, sometimes they seem to look like real small cities. This phenomenon is called Aerotropolis. Let’s look at this new trend with its American inventor John Kasarda.

“Airports have become powerful engines of local economic development, attracting aviation linked businesses of all types to their environs. “ This is from this observation that John Kasarda, a U.S. urban development created the phenomenon of Aerotropolis.

Today, airports are not only sites but transit places of trade and commerce. As a result, business activities are liable to move around airports in the near future.

This is in Asia where Aerotropolis projects are the most advanced: Aerotropolis Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur are already on track. Another example is the Hong Kong airport which hosts 45,000 employees, including an exhibition center, a terminal for ferries, a business center and a leisure center. In the United States also, the development of large complex around airports is planned such as in Detroit, Memphis, Denver and Dallas.

“Airports will shape business location and urban development in the 21st century as much as highways did in the 20th century, railroads in the 19th and seaports in the. 18th.” Dr John Kasarda.

Author: Melissa Verme, Aurélie Vaudan

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