From Housing Planes to People: Repurposing Success Stories

As cities across the world look to convert aging and obsolete airfields to new uses, a growing body of repurposing success stories show "how problematic properties can be successfully converted," reports Christine Negroni.

The conversion of Denver's Stapleton Airport is perhaps the best known (and likely the first) example of the successful transformation of an urban airport into a mixed-use community. But over the past decades, similar projects in Austin, Hong Kong, and Malmo, Sweden demonstrate the potential for such projects to the urban airports across the world that are contemplating their futures. 

“Airport repurposing is a rare event driven by unique local circumstances,” said Chris Oswald, vice president for safety and regulatory affairs for Airports Council International. "The common thread for all these projects is the availability of an alternative airport with greater capability."

“The availability of such sites is very rare, and the combined political and financial will to make use of them is even rarer,” he said.

"The land developers behind the Denver and Austin projects agree, says Negroni. "For all the unique problems with turning highly specialized industrial property into a place people can call home, they could not have succeeded without cooperation from a multitude of entities, including politicians, bureaucrats and residents."

Full Story: Idled City Airports Are Finding a Second Life as Housing

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 2012

Thinking about Grad School?

You need the essential resource for prospective planning students
Starting at $24.95
Book cover of Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Featuring thought-provoking commentary and insights from some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field.
$18.95