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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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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