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Johanna Schlaack: "Airport City versus Airport Suburbia: Emerging Forms of Postfordist Urban Growth"

Parallel to the shift from industrial to postfordist society, a shift in the spatial orientation of cities can be observed. Airports and their surrounding regions increasingly play a key role for urban development in metropolitan areas. One popular thesis in this context centres on the comparison between the role of the main railway stations as important trade centres for the industrial cities of the late 19th and beginning 20th century and the role of the airports as intermodal infrastructure hubs of innovation and new centres of growth in metropolitan areas of the late 20th century. In this context a new urban respectively suburban type emerges in the metropolitan areas - the so-called “Airport City”.

My paper will explore different strategies and models of airport area development and their impact on the metropolitan region. Moreover it will discuss possible urban functions of airport regions within global networks and their need of rapid exchange of knowledge, goods and creativity.

About the Author

Johanna Schlaack studied architecture at the Technische Universität Berlin and at the Edinburgh College of Art. Following graduation in 2006, she worked for the Architectural Journal “Bauwelt” and at the Event-Architecture Department of the “Bread & Butter Berlin”. Currently, she holds a teaching position at the Department of Architectural and Planning Sociology of the TU Berlin, where she had worked as teaching assistant from 2003 to 2006. Additionally, she is coordinating the “Airport City-BBI Design Lab” within the “Center of Competence for Building and Planning Sciences in the Berlin-Brandenburg Region”. Since 2008 she is DFG-Doctoral Fellow at the Transatlantic Graduate Research Program Berlin – New York at the Center for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin with the PhD-project "Airports as Engines for Metropolitan Regions – Functions, Interaction and Integration of the 'Airport City'". In addition to architecture and urban design her research interests include regional planning, urban sociology, urban renewal, urban economics and urban ecology.

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