In what possible way could airports be considered inferior to actual cities, nowadays? (Olga Tokarczuk)

mcr airport man 1002Manchester airport, 2002

“Once they were in the outskirts, supplementing cities, like train stations. But now airports have emancipated themselves, so that today they have a whole identity of their own. Soon we may well say that it’s the cities that supplement the airports, as workplaces and places to sleep…

In what possible way could airports be considered inferior to actual cities, nowadays? They hold conference centres, interesting art exhibits, festivals and product launches. They have gardens and promenades; they instruct: at Amsterdam’s Schiphol you can see excellent copies of Rembrandt, and there is an airport in Asia that has a museum of religion – a fabulous idea.”

(from Flights, 2007, tr. Jennifer Croft 2017)

 

 

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Minsk airport, 2016

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Vienna airport, 2016

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Brussels airport, 2016

For dogs, cities are better places than airports, I think.

 

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Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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