Betting on globalization with Guangzhou aerotropolis

I recently spoke at an airport city conference in Guangzhou. I was there as part of a consulting assignment for the Guangzhou Aerotropolis Development District, reviewing the extensive urban development around the airport. Guangzhou is centred within the Pearl River Delta (PRD), the broad region of Southern China that also includes Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and […]

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Aerotropolis Sydney?

In an increasing urbanising and globalising age, Sydney’s aviation connectivity is key to maintaining the city’s global identity and regional economy, particularly with the rise of the regional economies of Asia and the Middle East. With its two runways, Sydney airport still has capacity, but at some point in the future it will become constrained. Like […]

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A step forward in London’s airport debate

Image courtesy of Heathrow Airports Ltd. The commission examining options to expand London’s airport capacity has eliminated the proposal for a new airport in the Thames Estuary put forward by Fosters + Partners. In an article in the Architects Journal, Christopher Choa, principal, urban design + planning, AECOM, commented: “The Mayor should be applauded for […]

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Aerotropolis

Photo: Copyright Robb Williamsom/AECOM Monocle Magazine’s “Asia Brief” recently asked me about the aerotropolis concept, as Asian cities including Beijing, Bangkok, Taipei, and Hyderabad have embraced this model. ‘Aerotropolis’ is an emerging form of urban development, which embraces the idea that a globally competitive city must develop in tandem with a well-connected airport. The strongest cities […]

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What London stands to lose

Stratford bustles with commerce in this photo (©AECOM by David Lloyd). The 2012 Olympics infused this area with new infrastructure, commercial development, and energy. But something else underpins this place’s success, as it does the whole city’s and that of any other 21st-century metropolis. Stratford is 20 miles from Heathrow International Airport. As London considers […]

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