An aerotropolis is a new type of urban form comprising aviation-intensive businesses and related enterprises. The word mergers “aero” and “metropolis”. *
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Le futur aérotropolis de Dubaï accueillera 750.000 habitants
Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next
by Kasarda & Lindsay
March 1, 2011
City of the Future: An Airport? New York Times, March 4, 2011
“This brilliant and eye-opening look at the new phenomenon called the aerotropolis gives us a glimpse of the way we will live in the near future—and the way we will do business too.
Not so long ago, airports were built near cities, and roads connected the one to the other. This pattern—the city in the center, the airport on the periphery— shaped life in the twentieth century, from the central city to exurban sprawl. Today, the ubiquity of jet travel, round-the-clock workdays, overnight shipping, and global business networks has turned the pattern inside out.
Soon the airport will be at the center and the city will be built around it, the better to keep workers, suppliers, executives, and goods in touch with the global market.
This is the aerotropolis: a combination of giant airport, planned city, shipping facility, and business hub. The aerotropolis approach to urban living is now reshaping life in Seoul and Amsterdam, in China and India, in Dallas and Washington, D.C. The aerotropolis is the frontier of the next phase of globalization, whether we like it or not.”
Think of Your Airport as a City - but Nicer, Time Magazine, March 17, 2011
* Linguistic note:
In English there is the word “airport”, not “aeroport”, but several other related words do begin with “aero”: “aerospace”, aerodrome”, “aerodynamic” “and aeronautics”. “aeroplane” is British spelling; the same word is spelled “airplane” in the USA.
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