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Airport UrbanismInfrastructure and Mobility in Asia$
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Max Hirsh

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816696093

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816696093.001.0001

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Parallel Lines

Parallel Lines

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Airport Urbanism

Max Hirsh

University of Minnesota Press

The first chapter of the book focuses on the construction of a railway corridor built in the 1990s to connect Hong Kong's airport to its downtown. It contrasts the normative projections that informed its design with the heterodox uses that characterizes its now day-to-day operations. The chapter discusses on how several sites along the corridor have been appropriated by budget air travelers, such as Mainland Chinese tourists, lower middle-class Hongkongers, and Filipino domestic helpers, as an informal means of traveling cheaply to the airport. Melvin Webber's concept of “channel capacity” is used to theorize the insertion of these passengers into the everyday spaces of a suburban new town and to critique the failures of transport designers to adequately plan for their needs.

Keywords:   Architecture, Infrastructure, Hong Kong, Tourists, Transportation, Domestic helpers, Airports, Melvin Webber, Channel capacity, Suburbia

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