Published on 5th February 2018

Aerotropolis, the way we will live next

  • Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. The famous Supertree structures offer an impressive skywalk over the gardens, capturing the essence of Singapore as a premier transportation hub and a leading global city of the 21st century.

  • The control room of New Songdo City.New Songdo International Business District (South Korea) is a compelling Aerotropolis that’s strategically located just over 7 miles from Incheon International Airport. Major airports have become powerful engines of local economic development, attracting businesses of all types to their environs. These include manufacturing and distribution facilities alongside hotel, entertainment, retail, convention, trade and exhibition complexes, among others.

  • The Auditorium of the Global University Campus in New Songdo International Business District. Songdo has become one of several globally significant airport edge-cities, representing planned postmodern urban mega-developments in the age of the Aerotropolis.

  • The New sculpture in downtown town New Songdo International Business District. Songdo has become one of several globally significant airport edge-cities, representing planned postmodern urban mega-developments in the age of the Aerotropolis.


  • New Songdo International Business District (South Korea) is a compelling Aerotropolis that’s strategically located just over 7 miles from Incheon International Airport. Major airports have become powerful engines of local economic development, attracting businesses of all types to their environs. These include manufacturing and distribution facilities alongside hotel, entertainment, retail, convention, trade and exhibition complexes, among others.

  • Hong Kong - On the outside, CX City (or Cathay City, whichever), is a quiet and seemingly calm business block. Step inside, however, and you're immediately engulfed in the energy of a company that's got places to go and airplanes to fly. Flight attendants in their sharp red skirt suits powerwalk past, desk workers grab a candy bar from the atrium shop before going back to tweaking graphic design on an in-flight meal napkin, and pilots grab a post-flight beer in the pub.
    The concept behind Cathay Pacific City was to build a new “city” to serve over 3,000 staff in Hong Kong with all the necessary facilities under the same roof. Built on four hectares of reclaimed land at the southeast corner of Hong Kong International Airport, Cathay Pacific City spans a total of 1.3 million square feet and cost HK$4.9 billion to realize, making it one of the largest corporate headquarters in Asia.

  • New Songdo International Business District is a compelling aerotropolis strategically located just over 7 miles from Incheon International Airport.
    Major airports have become key nodes in global production and enterprise systems offering them speed, agility, and connectivity. They are also powerful engines of local economic development, attracting aviation-linked businesses of all types to their environs. These include, among others, time-sensitive manufacturing and distribution facilities; hotel, entertainment, retail, convention, trade and exhibition complexes; and office buildings that house air-travel intensive executives and professionals..
    The rapid expansion of airport-linked commercial facilities is making today's air gateways anchors of 21st century metropolitan development where distant travelers and locals alike can conduct business, exchange knowledge, shop, eat, sleep, and be entertained without going more than 15 minutes from the airport. This functional and spatial evolution is transforming many city airports into airport cities.
    The Aerotropolis consists of an airport city and outlying corridors and clusters of aviation-linked businesses and associated residential development. A number of these clusters such as Amsterdam Zuidas, Las Colinas, Texas, and South Korea's Songdo International Business District have become globally significant airport edge-cities representing planned postmodern urban mega-development in the age of the Aerotropolis.

  • New Songdo International Business District is a compelling aerotropolis strategically located just over 7 miles from Incheon International Airport.
    Major airports have become key nodes in global production and enterprise systems offering them speed, agility, and connectivity. They are also powerful engines of local economic development, attracting aviation-linked businesses of all types to their environs. These include, among others, time-sensitive manufacturing and distribution facilities; hotel, entertainment, retail, convention, trade and exhibition complexes; and office buildings that house air-travel intensive executives and professionals..
    The rapid expansion of airport-linked commercial facilities is making today's air gateways anchors of 21st century metropolitan development where distant travelers and locals alike can conduct business, exchange knowledge, shop, eat, sleep, and be entertained without going more than 15 minutes from the airport. This functional and spatial evolution is transforming many city airports into airport cities.
    The Aerotropolis consists of an airport city and outlying corridors and clusters of aviation-linked businesses and associated residential development. A number of these clusters such as Amsterdam Zuidas, Las Colinas, Texas, and South Korea's Songdo International Business District have become globally significant airport edge-cities representing planned postmodern urban mega-development in the age of the Aerotropolis.

  • The smoke area in New Songdo outside the control room of the city

  • Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. The famous Supertree structures offer an impressive skywalk over the gardens, capturing the essence of Singapore as a premier transportation hub and a leading global city of the 21st century.

  • An old Lady looking outside her window on her new home in New Songdo city.

  • The market auction of Aalsmeer (Netherlands) takes place at night in the largest hangar in the world. Just a stone’s throw from Schiphol airport,it is the biggest centre for plants and flowers in the world.

  • Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport (Thailand) is the 6th busiest airport in Asia, and the busiest in the country, having handled 47.9 million passengers in 2011. It is also a major air cargo hub, with a total of 96 airlines. On social networks, Suvarnabhumi is the world's 2nd most popular place where Instagram photos were taken in 2011.

  • South Korea's Songdo International Business District has become one of many globally significant airport edge-cities, representing planned postmodern urban mega-developments in the age of the Aerotropolis.

  • Hong Kong - On the outside, CX City (or Cathay City, whichever), is a quiet and seemingly calm business block. Step inside, however, and you're immediately engulfed in the energy of a company that's got places to go and airplanes to fly. Flight attendants in their sharp red skirt suits powerwalk past, desk workers grab a candy bar from the atrium shop before going back to tweaking graphic design on an in-flight meal napkin, and pilots grab a post-flight beer in the pub.
    The concept behind Cathay Pacific City was to build a new “city” to serve over 3,000 staff in Hong Kong with all the necessary facilities under the same roof. Built on four hectares of reclaimed land at the southeast corner of Hong Kong International Airport, Cathay Pacific City spans a total of 1.3 million square feet and cost HK$4.9 billion to realize, making it one of the largest corporate headquarters in Asia.

  • The rapid expansion of airport-linked commercial facilities is making today's air gateways anchors of 21st century metropolitan development, where distant travellers and locals alike can conduct business, exchange knowledge, shop, eat, sleep, and be entertained without going more than 15 minutes from the airport.

  • The 'cargo' runways and halls of Schiphol, with its logistics center that redistribute bundles of flowers throughout Europe.

  • Singapore Changi Airport, more than 15,000 people are employed at the airport, with a direct economic impact to Singapore of more than $ 4.5 billion annually.
    The 47 hectare Airfreight Center has nine airfreight terminals with a combined yearly handling capacity of 3 million tons. More than 60 percent of the airport's revenues come from non-aeronautical activities. Once its latest upgrade is complete, Singapore's Changi Airport will have the capacity to handle 64 million passangers a year which is 16 times Singapore's population. The airport features supermarkets, a 350 room hotel, cinemas, swimming pool, saunas and a rooftop cactus garden. There is also a strong focus on industry with the extensive Changi Airfreight Center and a Free Trade Zone called Airport Logistic Park of Singapore located alongside the airport.

  • Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport (Thailand) is the 6th busiest airport in Asia, and the busiest in the country, having handled 47.9 million passengers in 2011. It is also a major air cargo hub, with a total of 96 airlines. On social networks, Suvarnabhumi is the world's 2nd most popular place where Instagram photos were taken in 2011.

  • Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport (Thailand) is the 6th busiest airport in Asia, and the busiest in the country, having handled 47.9 million passengers in 2011. It is also a major air cargo hub, with a total of 96 airlines. On social networks, Suvarnabhumi is the world's 2nd most popular place where Instagram photos were taken in 2011.

Aerotropolis, the way we will live next

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