A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary by Alain de Botton

By Alain de Botton

From the bestselling writer of The paintings of Travel comes a wittily interesting exploration of the unusual "non-place" that he believes is the inventive middle of our civilization.

Given unheard of entry to 1 of the world's busiest airports as a "writer-in-residence," Alain de Botton came upon it to be a exhibit for lots of of the foremost crosscurrents of the fashionable world--from our religion in know-how to our destruction of nature, from our worldwide interconnectedness to our romanticizing of the unique. He met tourists from far and wide and spoke with everybody from luggage handlers to pilots to the airport chaplain. Weaving jointly those conversations and his personal observations--of every little thing from the poetry of room carrier menus to the eerie silence in the midst of the runway at midnight--de Botton has produced a unprecedented meditation on a spot that the majority people by no means decelerate adequate to work out essentially. Lavishly illustrated in colour by means of popular photographer Richard Baker, A Week on the Airport finds the airport in all its turbulence and soullessness and--yes--even beauty.

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ADI is a so-called ‘Global Distribution System’, which contains worldwide booking information on passenger flights. The database contains information on passenger flows between airports. In contrast to most other statistics, this data source contains information on actual origins and destinations as well as information on the connections of low-cost carriers. This dataset is used to calculate the number of origin and destination passengers for the metropolitan regions in our analysis (on which more below), after which this measurement is used as the dependent variable in our model.

However, Duranton and Puga (2000: 534 and 553) state that a coexistence of diversified and specialized cities bring out a sufficient condition for successful economies. This coexistence is embedded in a process of spatial division of labour and specialized cities emerge in the shadow of diversified knowledge hubs. Therefore, Boschma and Iammarino (2009) developed the approach of related varieties and define these as ‘sectors that are related in terms of shared or complementary competences’ (Boschma and Iammarino 2009: 292–3).

Tranos, E. 2011. The topology and the emerging urban geographies of the Internet backbone and aviation networks in Europe: A comparative study. Environment and Planning A, 43(2), 378–92. Warf, B. 1989. Telecommunications and the globalization of financial services. Professional Geographer, 41(3), 257–71. Paul-St. ) China 29 This page has been left blank intentionally Chapter 2 Knowledge Hubs: Poles of Physical Accessibility and Non-physical Connectivity Michael Bentlage, Alain Thierstein and Stefan Lüthi Introduction The production of knowledge takes part in complex networks of firms and individuals.

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