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Talking Books
Greg Lindsay in conversation with Andrew Blum

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
7:00 p.m.
McNally Jackson Bookstore
52 Prince St.
1.0 CEUs

Cities were once built around harbors or railroad terminals, which led to the familiar shapes of Amsterdam, Venice, New York, and Chicago. But the cities built to take advantage of a hyper-competitive global economy are taking shape around something else instead: the airport. This is the premise of the new book Aerotropolis, whose co-author, Greg Lindsay, will discuss the rise and future of this new type of city.

Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next explores how air travel and transportation are largely responsible for the shape and scope – and winners and losers – of globalization. It also examines how cities such as Hong Kong, Dallas, Detroit, and Dubai are changing (or being built anew) to reflect the interests of corporations that effectively scattered pieces of themselves across the world, relying on the Internet and Airbus planes to tie themselves together.

John Kasarda, a professor at the University of North Carolina, co-authored the book and first explored the idea of the “aerotropolis.”

Greg Lindsay is a contributing writer for Fast Company, and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, and The Financial Times. He is a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and is also a fellow of the Hybrid Reality Institute, exploring the co-evolution of humans and technology.

Andrew Blum is a contributing editor at Metropolis, a correspondent at WIRED, and an executive contributing editor at Urban Omnibus. He is currently writing a book about the physical infrastructure of the Internet, to be published in 2012 by Ecco.

This program is free and open to all. Seating first-come, first-served. Reception to follow.

Organized by The Architectural League of New York and McNally Jackson Bookstore.

Book cover to Aerotropolis, courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux