Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next by John D. Kasarda and Greg Lindsay

John Kasarda’s work on airports and the aerotropolis is certainly not new. For over a decade, he (re-)publishes books and articles: mostly case studies based on his airport consultation work. His new book is written by journalist Greg Lindsay who followed the aerotropolis guru on its way to consulting jobs. Lindsay took the time to write down in a smooth way what is in Kasarda’s mind – and probably wherefore he couldn’t find time. Joint by the praising reviews in The Wall Street Journal and other journals and magazines, it paves the way to a wider audience than the insiders of airport area development.

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Airports as Cityports in the City Region by Michel van Wijk

Book Review by Anne Graham

Spatial-economic and institutional positions and institutional learning in Randstad Schiphol (AMS), Frankfurt Rhein-Main (FRA), Tokyo Haneda (HND) and Narita (NRT).  

A growing number of airports are developing as major cityports within their respective cityregions, yet literature related to the spatial-economic and institutional position of these airports is rare. By looking into three detailed case studies in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan, Michel Van Wijk provides many new fascinating insights about this topic. 

Development of Airport Regions: Varieties of Institutions in Schiphol and Frankfurt

By Michel van Wijk

1-ehameddfIn the era of globalization, airports are rapidly developing as new economic centers of the cityregion. Despite internationally comparative economic trends and the challenge of urban planning this brings along, the institutional conditions for the actors involved remain rather local. Development agencies are set up for spatial-economic development of the airport region. A closer look at regional development agencies in the cases of Amsterdam (Schiphol Area Development Company) and Frankfurt (Rhein-Main Verkehrsverbund) illustrates great varieties in institutional systems, and in their impact on planning. Both celebrated their anniversaries recently. What have been the results so far, and how can each learn from the other in order to integrate infrastructure and land supply in planning in the context of changing governance structures in finding a balance between exploiting and protecting the airport area?

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