Speaker

Greg Lindsay

Greg Lindsay

“An excellent interviewer: intelligent and hostile.”
–Rem Koolhaus

Greg Lindsay writes frequently about the intersection of transportation, urbanization, and globalization. He is the author, with John D. Kasarda, of the forthcoming Aerotropolis, which examines how and where we choose to live in an interconnected world — in cities orbiting airports, and not the other way around. He is a contributing writer for Fast Company, and has written for Fortune, BusinessWeek, Wired, and The Guardian.

“The aerotropolis represents the logic of globalization made flesh in the form of cities. Whether we consider globalization to be good or simply inevitable, it holds these truths to be self-evident: that customers on the far side of the world may matter more than those next door; that costs must continually be wrung from every process; that greater efficiency is paramount, followed closely by agility; and that distance equals time, which equals friction. To cope with these demands, we've already taken to living much of our lives in the digital world. But for every laptop order that zips to Penang via email, a real 747 must wing its way back with the laptop itself in its hold. If the airport is the mechanism making that possible, everything else—factories, offices, homes, schools—will be built in relation to it.”