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New book on aerotropolis by UNC professor predicts “The Way We’ll Live Next”


The rise of the aerotropolis – a city built around an airport – is chronicled in a new book by University of North Carolina business professor John D. Kasarda.

In Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, Kasarda and co-author Greg Lindsay look at the evolution of aerotropoli around the world. They show how airports are driving change in cities and countries, and examine issues of city planning, globalization and world trade and sustainability.”

“Major cities are developing around airports,” said Kasarda, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler. “They are fueled by speed, agility and connectivity, and they are changing the way we live and work.”

Kasarda defined the term “aerotropolis,” and has advised countries, cities and companies about the aerotropolis and its implications. Business journalist Lindsay has written for Time, Fortune, BusinessWeek and Fast Company. Their collaboration began when Lindsay wrote about Kasarda’s work for Fast Company.

“Airports are shaping business location and urban development in the 21st century as much as highways did in the 20th century, railroads in the 19th and seaports in the 18th,” said Kasarda. “Some are developing in ways that are not positive, while those that are planned carefully are generating remarkable benefits for the people who live and work in them, as well as for their metropolitan areas.”

Articles about and reviews of the book have appeared in the Financial Times, The New York Times, and The Economist. A review by Bloomberg BusinessWeek called the book “fascinating and important work” that blends “jargon-free scholarship with shoe-leather reporting to tell readers why they’re living and working as they are . . . That Kasarda and Lindsay are onto something big seems beyond dispute.”

Farrar, Straus and Giroux released Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next March 1, 2011, in hardcover.