Mumbai's Airport City: Catalyst for Development

At this year's MAS Summit, Roger Duffy, design partner at SOM, told Future Cities about the firm's forthcoming airport and airport city in Mumbai, and how this new development differs from 20th century airports.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 08:00 EDT | 7
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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
10/27/2013 2:53:25 PM
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Re: Noise
Interesting thoughts, CitySolver... I think that reducing the noise from airplanes will require a shift to electric energy, or hybrid models. (I'm currently in an airplane as we speak, and reading your comment has suddenly made me aware of how loud it is!)

10/27/2013 8:59:24 AM
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Good point about noise. Maybe we can design these cities to absorb noise more effectively, like landscape that is modelled to trap noise as it reaches the ground. Maybe we should be thinking about how planes can reduce sound levels too. Surely there must be a way of mitigating the sound more effectively than at present.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
10/25/2013 11:51:03 AM
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Re: Great peek into design mind
@kq4ym: The airport city is in the works -- though not complete yet. Regarding the point about it not being an iconic space, I think that what Roger means here is that there's no particular iconic airport-esque building being developed here because thinking about "airport cities" is different than thinking about an airport as a singular structure. Know what I mean? If an airport becomes an extension of the city itself, and very much a part of it, then it's less about the building and more about how it connects to other city functions.

All that said, would everyone want to live in an airport city? I can't say I would, but maybe that's because of present-day negative assocations we have with airports.

10/25/2013 11:41:35 AM
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Re: Airport Cities
Hi Nicole, that aero convention would be something interesting to attend.  My city has a beautiful airport setting almost on the water, very picturesque.  Sadly, it is only one runway and the inboard path is bordered by building and sky scrapers.  Pilots dont like flying into San Diego because of the rapid drop required to clear the obstacles and the short runway, something like 6k feet.  We are the largest city in America to have a single runway and it limits the size of the aircraft that can land and takeoff here.  Often travellers have to come in from Los Angeles instead of flying into San Diego directly.  Here is a  birds eye view of Lindbergh Field.,0,15865696573998828395&ei=ro9qUuSaJeSViAKR64CIAg&ved=0CJEBEPwS

10/25/2013 10:57:12 AM
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Re: Great peek into design mind
Is this airport city a done deal or just a plan? Saying the project is not going to be a typical iconic space seems a bit disengenuous and a city design around an airport in itself would seem to be iconic on it's own. Would I want to live anywhere near an airport and it's congestion and high noise leve? Not probably.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
10/24/2013 11:10:21 AM
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Airport Cities
Great to learn about this new airport and airport city SOM is working on in Mumbai.

We'll have some more content on airport cities next week, as I'm headed to Dallas on Tuesday for the Aerotropolis Americas Conference and Exhibition. Our colleages will be live blogging the event -- you can (and should!) follow their coverage here.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
10/24/2013 10:38:14 AM
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Great peek into design mind
Terrific video! I love the glimpse this gives into the thinking of the designer. It helps me to see the rationale behind some great work. We don't always get to hear the thinking that goes into a project, particularly an airport. It gives one a different outlook, makes one look more closely.

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