Book Chapter

The Airport Next Door: London City Airport – Regeneration, Communities and Networks



Macrury I (2008) The Airport Next Door: London City Airport – Regeneration, Communities and Networks. In: Cohen P & Rustin MJ (eds.) London's Turning: The Making of Thames Gateway. Design and Built Environment. London: Routledge, pp. 239-260.

In the context of a book about the Thames Gateway the airport at Silvertown stands as a living case study for transformative urban regeneration. The costs, consequences, benets, opportunities and opportunisms; the intensities and disorientations of large scale regeneration projects such as the airport, are visible (especially from the air) over and across the Royal Docks sites. Some further consequences of regeneration here are manifest also in neglected interstices, forgotten corners and unvoiced anxieties. In particular the site exemplifies some the dynamic configurations of global and local referred to by Graham and Marvin (2001) as ‘glocalisation’; staging conjunctions of generation and ethnicity, wealth and poverty, connectivity and disconnection, against a rapidly changing postindustrial landscape. A kaleidoscopic sense of the splintered spaces of the Royal Docks site can be captured, initially, through a number of indicative statements about the airport

Title of seriesDesign and Built Environment
Publication date31/12/2008
Publication date online26/03/2008
Publisher URL…ok/9781138266131
Place of publicationLondon

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Professor Iain MacRury

Professor Iain MacRury

Professor in Comms., Media and Culture, Communications, Media and Culture