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Aerotropolis: Political Salon with Greg Lindsay

Monday, November 14, 2011 - 6:30pm

Aerotropolis: A Political Salon with Greg Lindsay, co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next

In discussion with Michelle Fanzo, Project Leader, World Policy Institute

Monday, November 14, 6:30pm
This event is by invitation only
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With special thanks to the Heinrich Böll Foundation for supporting the Political Salon.


Airports are no longer the mere logistical backbone of the air travel and transportation industries. According to Greg Lindsay and John Kasarda’s book Aerotropolis, they’re what seaports were to the 18th century and railroads to the 19th:  the huge new drivers of urban, economic, social and governmental change.  Cities built to take advantage of a hyper-competitive global economy are taking shape around the airport, and are rising around China, India, and the Middle East as each region prepares to take its place on the world stage.   

Time magazine this year ranked the Aerotropolis among the 10 Ideas That Will Change the World; as the chicken or the egg argument is increasingly blurred between cities and airports, the city is no longer where you live, it’s where you leave from.  What are the implications if the city’s ultimate purpose is to create interactions among its people? In this discussion moderated by Michelle Fanzo, author Greg Lindsay examines the costs of living in midair, and explore how air travel and transportation are largely responsible for the shape and scope – and winner and losers – of globalization.  

About the Speakers:

Greg Lindsay is a contributing writer for Fast Company and the author, with John D. Kasarda, of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, which examines how and where we choose to live in an interconnected world. Previously a contributing writer for Fortune and an editor-at-large for Advertising Age, he speaks frequently about globalization, innovation, and the future of cities.He is a visiting scholar at NYU’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and a fellow of the Hybrid Reality Institute.  Lindsay’s work with the architect Jeanne Gang on the future of suburbia will be exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art next spring.  He is a two-time Jeopardy! champion (and the only human to go undefeated against IBM’s Watson).

World Policy Institute Project Leader Michelle Fanzo has thirteen years experience in international affairs, including working in the UN Office of the Secretary-General under Kofi Annan, and in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations; and nine in journalism, including writing extensively about the redevelopment of Pittsburgh. She has worked in Africa, Asia and most recently Afghanistan supporting development and humanitarian operations in the field, and strategy, policy and communications at UN Headquarters.  After directing a women's empowerment NGO in Afghanistan for three years, Michelle founded the strategic consulting firm Four Corners Consulting in 2008. One of her key clients is UN-Habitat, the global agency that supports human settlements and sustainable cities.

Related Reading:

Greg Lindsay, “Thus Spake Nano,” World Policy Journal, Fall 2011, “Innovation.”

World Policy Journal's 2010-2011 Winter issue, "Megalopolis: The City of the 21st Century" explored the nature of the new city, its people, their hopes, fears and challenges as the world becomes increasingly urbanized.  In "The Big Question" World Policy Journal asked a panel of experts--sociologists, artists, professors and policy makers--to explore the new look of future cities. Select features from "The Future of the City": 

About the Sponsors:

The Political Salon - organized by Steve Sokol since 2003 to promote dialogue among the next generation of leaders in business, policy, and the media - regularly convenes a diverse group of young professionals to discuss a range of foreign policy issues and global affairs. Attendees are diverse in terms of nationality, profession, and political persuasion.

Deborah Berke & Partners Architects LLP is an architecture and interior design firm of 30 people who share a common goal: to create buildings and spaces where the importance of the architecture is constantly shifting back and forth with the importance of life. Since 1982, the firm has been working with individuals, educational institutions, cultural groups, and innovative developers to design custom residences, public buildings, facilities for the arts and academia, and distinctive hotels. Although DBPA’s projects are diverse, all share what it calls a “knowing simplicity,” a fine and deliberate crafting rooted in how clients will live in and use the work.






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