In praise of the city airport
00:00 / 00:00
18 April 2019
Bigger planes and more flights have forced many cities to move their key airport far from the centre. But there is something special about watching the city from above as you land in what feels like the middle of it. This week we ask what makes a great city airport.
18 April 2019
Photo: James Petts
London City airport is loved for its numerous transport connections and now thanks to the new Royal Wharf Pier, designed by Nex Architects, a ferry service will soon be able to drop passengers within a short walk of the departure lounge.
Share chapter 1
Lisbon’s airport is one of the few in Europe that’s still located close to the heart of the city. But various governments have pushed for the Portuguese capital’s only landing strip to move elsewhere due to high costs and safety reasons.
Share chapter 3
Want more radio episodes like these in your inbox?
Sign up to Monocle’s email newsletters to stay on top of news and opinion, plus the latest from the magazine, radio, film and shop.
The Urbanist - latest episodes
We look at ‘grands projets’ in cities around the world, from turning the Champs-Élysées into a giant urban garden to a reimagining of the Los Angeles river and a new community in Canada.
What form do the buildings in the world’s northernmost capital take? And what is behind their distinctive look?
We ask a collection of city-makers, thinkers and doers to describe their hopes for urban life this year.
Daniel Bach reflects on how hosting the Olympic Games can leave a legacy.
This week we report on the Urban Land Institute’s 2021 Europe Conference. In line with the current climate, this was a virtual affair but, as always, it was an event packed with great guests sharing their ideas on how to…
We look into a strange feature that characterises many of Hong Kong’s tall buildings.
We explore the rollout of mass vaccinations and how cities are playing their part in the solution.
We visit an iconic broadcasting building to see how its role is changing but its culture and traditions remain.
We look at the role New York City plays in some of our favourite films, television shows and songs.
We look to an ancient Roman waste-management technique that has permanently shaped the city’s topography.
Taking to the streets is a powerful tool for citizens to hold their governments accountable. But what happens when things go wrong? This week we examine urban violence on different levels.
We touch down at a white elephant of an airport built in Spain at the height of the financial crisis.
We get moving again with an episode all about innovation in the wide world of mobility.
We visit a revolutionary Soviet suburb that's now run down and under threat of demolition.
We speak to a selection of writers to discuss how poetry can help us understand themes that affect urban dwellers.