Urban Turbine research project is investigating possibilities of sharing facilities to the greatest mutual benefit of airports and cities, to better manage demand and capacity and respond to new global travel, life and work requirements.
The ultimate aim of Urban Turbine research project is to enhance quality of life by redefining the city-airport relationship, improving the value that airports deliver to all stakeholders in their communities.
The Urban Turbine proposes a dynamic model of airport growth in relationship to the concurrent growth of the city, acknowledging the constant leapfrogging of airport/city boundaries and the consequential merging of airport and urban communities. We advocate that civic infrastructure is a driver of community regeneration and social inclusion through hybridization of corporate and community space. Deconstructing the corporate portfolio and diffusing into the community can free up airport space for alternative use paradigms, and in synergy drive a new holistic approach to human-centric urban planning, for airports and other transportation and city resources.
Henrik Rothefounder of urban turbine
Our vision for airport connectivity is twofold: Coping with increasing air travel demand airports are to better use their own land for the airfield operation. Secondly airports are to explore new services along the journey to downtown. Urban Turbine is to investigate the airports position within the value chain of urban mobility and to discover new possibilities to enhance seamless connectivity between airports and communities they serve.
What can airports expect from Urban Turbine
Some challenges for airports and cities are global in nature and too big to be resolved by one single partner, others too specialist to be of concern to all airports.
Our research aims to gradually develop principles for the future airport evolving from airport communities in their search for new relationships with the city and in response to societal changes.
The Urban Turbine is a pool-funded research consortia, with an annual financial contribution from each participating airport and industry partner. The contribution is in proportion to the airport’s transport units (MAP or MT of cargo) which enables a fair share for each airport to benefit from this research and allows airports to request particular research topics.
Regular workshops at Cranfield and participating airports ensure the effectiveness of the research and direct contact to all stakeholders.
As a result the vision is identified allowing airports to unfold their true potential within their urban context and most importantly an implementation strategy for manageable phases.