By Max Hirsh

Thirty years in the past, few citizens of Asian towns had ever been on a aircraft, less outdoor their domestic nations. this day, flying, and flying overseas, is typical. How has this bounce in cross-border mobility affected the layout and use of such towns? and the way is it accelerating broader socioeconomic and political alterations in Asian societies?

In Airport Urbanism, Max Hirsh undertakes an exceptional examine of airport infrastructure in 5 Asian cities—Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. via this lens he examines the exponential bring up in foreign air site visitors and its implications for the making plans and layout of the modern urban. via investigating the reasonably cheap, casual, and transborder shipping structures utilized by new individuals of the flying public—such as migrant employees, retirees, and Asia’s rising heart class—he uncovers an structure of incipient international mobility that has been inconspicuously inserted into areas no longer commonly linked to the infrastructure of foreign air trip.

Drawing on fabric collected in limited zones of airports and border regulate amenities, Hirsh offers a desirable, up-close view of the mechanics of cross-border mobility. additionally, his own event of becoming up and residing on 3 continents inflects his analyses with specified perception into the practicalities of overseas migration and into the approach of individuals at the move.

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