The Great Debate UK

from Business Traveller:

Why City + Airport = the Future

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United Parcel Service aircrafts are loaded with containers full of packages bound for their final destination at the UPS Worldport All Points International Hub. REUTERS/John Sommers II

United Parcel Service aircrafts are loaded with containers full of packages bound for their final destination at the UPS Worldport All Points International Hub. REUTERS/John Sommers II

It’s no longer ok to be a big city. Globalisation is Darwinian and only the hubbiest of hubs will survive. If we want best-of-the-planet goods to arrive the next morning, we must worship the airport.

So thinks U.S. academic John Kasarda. As his co-writer Greg Lindsay explains in recently released, Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, Kasarda’s raison d’être is to “answer the question of what the cities of this age should look like.”

Aerotropolis is a story of hubs and human ecology... and how the twain must meet if we want to get on. Kasarda, whose career has been spent persuading governments and corporations that transportation and communication are the “fastest-acting catalysts for expansion and change,” is given a rapid-fire, real-world voice by Lindsay, who follows him around the world and engages in his own frenetic travels to convey the professor’s message.

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