Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next by Greg Lindsey

Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next

There’s no doubt that transportation and trade have played a key role in the development of cities. With each advance in trade development and transportation, new city forms have emerged to respond to the economic opportunities presented. With our increasingly “instant” economy shaped by 24-hr work days, overnight shipping guarantees, and global business networks, one can’t help but wonder what the next dominant urban form will be.

In his latest book Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, Greg Lindsey, builds on the Aerotropolis concept developed by John Kasarda to offer a compelling vision of the airport as the 21st century city-centre – where the need to keep workers, suppliers, executives, and goods in touch with the global market has driven location decisions towards the airport. Lindsey offers personal accounts of this concept, from the emergence of business parks around the FedEx superhub in Memphis and the Dulles Greenway in Virginia, to the logistical importance of the cool chainbetween rose farmers in Kenya and theFloraHolland auction at Schipol International Airport. Along the way he uncovers emerging competitors, past mistakes, and the plans to develop a new “Silk Road” of air routes practically overnight. Lindsey even briefly offers some comments that respond to concerns over the global food chain and “food miles”, as well as the environmental and energy impact of air travel and goods movement.

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