Constructing an aerotropolis
Traditionally, airports have been built to serve a busy city. Preferably on the outskirts of town. Now, Dubai and a number of other cities around the world are aiming at a reverse pattern. Here are four examples where construction of a fully integrated airport city is on it’s way.
Amsterdam’s main financial hub- and business district is called Zuidas. The area is strategically placed between Amsterdam city centre and Schiphol Airport.
Zuidas is situated six minutes by train to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and 15 minutes to Amsterdam’s canal district and city centre. Approximately 2300 residents are living in the neighbourhood today.
The district also hosts over 700 companies, including Google, AkzoNobel and ABN AMRO.
The vision is to build 7000 new homes in the area by 2030.
Songdo International Business District is the world’s first purpose-built smart city. Songdo is connected to Incheon International Airport via Korea’s longest bridge in just 18 minutes travel time.
Songdo started off as a gateway city to central Korea from Incheon Airport, but thanks to heavy investment, the district has transformed into a technologically advanced utopia. Residents can stear their lightning, heating and air control systems with a single control panel. They can also enjoy state of the art-recycling facilities. All data is tracked and shared between public service-associations.
South Africa’s own aerotropolis is called Riversfield. It is located in the region of Ekurhuleni. Riversfiled is linked to Tambo International Airport via the Albertina Sisulu Corridor and the airport is a twelve-minute drive away.
The City of Ekurhuleni has recently given the go-ahead for a 30-year development plan.
The vision is to finalise a new 80,000 m² shopping centre, schools, a residential estate and social housing. Riversfiled is hoped to open up the area to considerable international investment.
The City of Vantaa is located close to the Helsinki Airport in Finland. Vantaa is currentlyg transforming into Aviapolis. Today, home to more than 18 000 residents and accessible to another 150,000 people in less than half an hour by train. Aviapolis also hosts 1,900 companies employing 35,000 people.
Thanks to its location, residents are less than an hour away from St Petersburg, less than three from London and just under nine hours away from New York.