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Aerotropolis
Aerotropolis Institute China
Aerotropolis, the frontier of the next phase of globalization
Aerotropolis Institute China (AIC) is dedicated to helping airport-centered areas in China and the Asia-Pacific enhance accessibility, improve resilience, and gain investment appeal and finally win in a future full of uncertainty.
Methodology

AIC practices a unique methodology integrating "strategic planning, industry planning and spatial planning". It endeavors to meet the needs of local governments and enterprises through close follow-up on the projects.

Hyderabad Airport City and Aerotropolis

The new Hyderabad International Airport was opened in 2008 as India’s first greenfield public-private partnership (PPP) airport. Dr. Kasarda was hired by the GMR Group to assist them in transforming the 2,200-hectare airport site into an airport city and extended Aerotropolis. A strategic plan was developed, offering a modular design of airport logistics, commercial, commercial, and industrial facilities that would respond in an incremental manner to growing passenger and cargo volumes and other economic opportunities.

The plan organized the airport into three zones: Zone West, Zone Core, and Zone East. The Core Zone was designed to house two passenger terminals with multimodal transport connecting also the GMR corporate offices. An additional 50 hectares was designated for retail, leisure, and entertainment facilities.

The strategic plan treated the airport as the multimodal central city of an extended Aerotropolis called the Hyderabad Airport Development Administrative Area. The strategic plan specified the features of this extended Aerotropolis, which has a substantial high-tech orientation. In addition to proposing efficient highway connectivity to optimize accessibility in the airport city and Aerotropolis, passenger rail links were recommended.

Taiwan Taoyuan Aerotropolis Planning

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TTIA) is Taiwan’s main hub airport, covering 1,250 hectares. It is operated and managed by the Taoyuan International Airport Corporation that was established in 2010 by Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MOTC). The MOTC retained Dr.John Kasarda to assess and provide the planning guidelines for an airport city on TTIA and to develop the surrounding 4,900 hectares that would constitute the Taoyuan Aerotropolis.

The project entailed examining the existing aeronautical and commercial facilities on airport property as well as their multimodal surface connectivity to the surrounding Aerotropolis, Taipei city, and aviation-oriented technology parks in the broader airport region. It also involved recommending future commercial facility and transport systems development.

Land use, infrastructure, and operational planning guidelines were provided for seven functional zones that made up the Aerotropolis in Taoyuan County. Plans and guidelines were provided for both road and rail infrastructure to connect all parts of the airport and surrounding Aerotropolis. Those included MRT (subway) stops and related transit-oriented development that also involved recommended transit-oriented development around a high- speed rail station about seven kilometers from the airport. 

Shanghai Disney South Area Functional Study

Shanghai Disney South Area is an important part of Shanghai International Tourist Resort adjacent to the core area of Shanghai Disneyland, and also part of Chuansha District according to the “Shanghai Urban Master Plan 2035”.

Leveraging the advantageous location, strategic upgrade of the positioning and continuous enhancement of the transportation conditions, this Area has the potential to develop leisure and cultural recreational activities serving the Disneyland and the surrounding cities, while cultivating/attracting certain aviation-oriented industries. 

Guangzhou Airport Industrial Park Headquarter Function Study

The project is located in the core area from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to downtow Huadu. The project covers an area of 0.33 sq.km, and it can connect with the outside expressway (Airport expressway and Daguang expressway) , and can reach downtown Guangzhou easily. The geographic advantage of this area is remarkable. 

After analyzing the industry functions of this area, AIC suggests to position this area as a commercial center. The project area is next to the airport economic zone. Based on its superior traffic conditions and construction advantages, AIC and Greenland Group proposed to develop the base into a national aviation economic demonstration zone (Preliminary). Besides, Guangzhou government is about to launch the Guangzhou Free Trade Pioneer Zone, which will drive the development of the entire airport economic zone. 

As for industry development, AIC suggests to develop this area into an aviation headquarter, an aviation information base, a cross-border trade base, and a smart residential area. AIC proposes an innovative model of 'Internet + airport economy + innovation industry base'. In the future, this area will be developed into the 'airport service innovation base' and a 'business hub for international airport economic zone", and achieves the integration of industry and city. 

The project clearly proposes the development plan that will be completed with four stages in six years, and also calculates the construction scale, provides the cost-benefit analysis of each stage. The project consultation was approved by the Committee of Guangzhou Airport Economic Zone and the Guangzhou Municipal Government.

Zhengzhou International High Education and Innovation Complex--Conceptual Urban Design and Regulatory Planning

The International Higher Education and Innovation Complex will be an open, eco-friendly, world-class, and diversified urban campus.

Embracing collaborative education/research programs with world-class universities, international academic exchanges, and high-end training, the Complex will gradually raise its global visibility and reputation to attract and retain international talents to the ZAEZ. It will be the cluster of high-tech talent training, higher education, sci-tech research and development, and recognized as the "town of knowledge" in Central China. 

Jiaodong International Airport International Community, Qingdao

Qingdao West Railway Marshaling Station, and the protection corridors along Jiaozhou-Jinan Railway and Lancun-Yantai Railway segmented the project area, which brought certain challenges. In the future, the Marshaling Station will be upgraded into a high-speed railway station. Leveraging this opportunities, this area could be greatly invigorated. For this project, the greatest challenge was how to minimize the impact of railways to urban development, and facilitate sustainable development of the region.

Our team, based on a thorough study of the development conditions and policies, worked out the scale, spatial structure and development orientation of the area. The whole area is positioned as a smart city, a healthcare district, a eco-friendly area for people to live, while the core area is positioned to be a cluster of ecological, healthcare and leisure services. 

Dubai World Central Aerotropolis

Located approximately 60 km south of Dubai International Airport, a US$33-billion commitment was made to construct the world's largest airport that would serve as the center of the world's first purposely planned Aerotropolis. The airport was initially designed with six runways capable of handling 160 million passengers and 12 million tons of cargo annually.

Work involved addressing optimal commercial land uses at Dubai World Central; improved multimodal logistics infrastructure strategies; electronic data interchange (EDI) needs to trace, track, and control cargo shipments; pathways to developing a global logistics hub at and around the new airport; and strategies to accelerate commercial real estate absorption at Dubai World Central. Special attention was given to the Dubai Logistics City, which was proposed as the initial driver of the Aerotropolis.

A follow-on project to enhance the development of the aviation sector in the Emirate included 

1) optimizing airspace management at Dubai's airports; 

2) transitioning air traffic from Dubai International Airport to the new airport beginning with air cargo; 

3) creating more seamless multimodal connectivity to realize Dubai’s full potential as cargo, trade, and tourism hub, and 

4) establishing a process for continuous improvement to ensure that infrastructure at Dubai World Central and in Dubai is the best available to most long-term needs of Dubai's aviation-dependent commercial sectors.

Johannesburg International Airport
Memphis Aerotropolis Strategic Planning

Memphis International Airport is the global hub of FedEx. Dr. Kasarda was retained by the Memphis Region Chamber of Commerce and Memphis International Airport to develop the vision and initial plans for the Memphis Aerotropolis. This project involved transitioning the planning process from traditional airport and urban planning to that required to develop an economically efficient, functionally integrated, and sustainable Aerotropolis at and outward from Memphis International Airport.

Surface transportation infrastructure improvements were proposed based on identifying gaps and chokepoints in the immediate airport area and improving ground connectivity. In addition to facilitating cargo movements throughout the Aerotropolis, strategies were recommended to better link the airport to Memphis downtown, Class-A office clusters in the suburbs, major Memphis tourist centers, and medical/ bioscience clusters, including the rapidly growing medical devices sector.

The plan further offered strategies to upgrade the appearance of areas around the airport that had deteriorated in the prior two decades. Incentives to attract businesses to the airport area were assessed with recommendations for making them more appealing to investors. Finally, a series of marketing and branding strategies were provided, including promoting Memphis as 'America's Aerotropolis'.

Denver Airport City and Aerotropolis

The new Denver International Airport (DEN) opened in 1995 as the largest US public works project of the 21st century. Dr. Kasarda's project contribution began in the early part of this century when he laid out the airport city and Aerotropolis models for the DEN (Denver International Airport) Regional Partnership. These models served as the design blueprints for a number of follow-on studies and master plans for both the DEN Airport City and Denver Aerotropolis.

Dr. Kasarda then served as the principal investigator for the 1,287-acre Porteous development adjacent to the southern fence of DEN. Strategies, designs, and plans were prepared to develop this large property as a key Aerotropolis node, focusing on its potential role as an urban and logistics gateway to DEN. In addition to specifying commercial land uses, recommendations were made for better road access as well as potential rail access. Finally, options were provided for the possibility of a 'through-the-fence' PPP with DEN and the Porteous property owners that would allow cargo aircraft ramp access to the property and its logistics facilities.

Collaborating with MXD, input was provided to develop the Master Plan for Denver Airport City. Inputs were also provided that specified the types of multimodal transportation infrastructure that would leverage these functions at the airport, drawing on comparable airport city and Aerotropolis studies Dr. Kasarda had conducted worldwide.

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