Airports in their urban settings : towards a conceptual model of interfaces in the Australian context
Stevens, Nicholas J., Baker, Douglas C., & Freestone, Robert (2010) Airports in their urban settings : towards a conceptual model of interfaces in the Australian context. Journal of Transport Geography, 18(2), pp. 276-284.
In Australia, airports have emerged as important sub-regional activity centres and now pose challenges for both airport operation and planning in the surrounding urban and regional environment. The changing nature of airports in their metropolitan context and the emergence of new pressures and problems require the introduction of a fresh conceptual framework to assist the better understanding of these complex roles and spatial interactions. The approach draws upon the meta-concept of interfaces of an ‘airport metropolis’ as an organising device consisting of four main domains: economic development, land use,infrastructure, and governance. The paper uses the framework to further discuss airport and regional interactions and highlights the use of sustainability criteria to operationalise the model. The approach aims to move research and practice beyond the traditionally compartmentalised analysis of airport issues and policy-making by highlighting interdependencies between airports and regions.
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