Designing the airport city: an international perspective

Zamanov, Ayaz
Cities grow and prosper in relation with their transportation hubs. In the past, coastal towns with adequate harbors grew and expanded quickly. In modern times, similar prospects apply to cities with airports which provide competitive advantages for regional and urban development. In addition to being a complex system of facilities, airports are significant stimulators for economic activities in its catchment area. In the last thirty years or so, airports have become clusters of not only transportation-related operational services but also commercial and business activities. Accordingly, airports have grown into complex and multi-faced mega structures, offering space for longer runways and larger terminals, and accommodating a growing number of functions that have nothing related with aviation. Hence, Aerotropolis defined by Prof. Dr. Kasarda is regarded as an urban cluster with similar features to the traditional metropolitan structure. In its core, Airport City is located which functions as the traditional city center of Aerotropolis. This thesis focuses on the principles and relationships for land use planning and design of airports and their environs under the umbrella of Airport City concept. It is aimed to underline current design framework of Airport Cities which is found missing in terms of academic studies. In this context, the Airport City model clarified, and selected cases have been evaluated under certain design principles in order to have an output about design criteria of the Airport City development. The research concludes with inferences regarding existing design guidelines of certain Airport City cases..


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Citation Formats
A. Zamanov, “Designing the airport city: an international perspective,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2017.