Catalytic Denver: Aerotropolis or Exurbia

Mar 25, 2019


Aerotropolis is a kind of urbanism that has been developing around major international airports since the years international air travel expanded. As DEN updates its plans to maximize throughput, Denver, Aurora and Commerce City are also updating their municipal plans to flank the airport with business parks, logistics hubs, convention centers, hotels and even residential uses.

Can the experiences of other aerotropolises around the world, including Memphis and Louisville, inform development around DEN or is the Denver experience unique? Can the encroaching development achieve a level of urbanism that is greater than exurban sprawl? This panel will explore what the vision for an aerotropolis looks like for both Denver and Aurora, and will probe issues of sustainability, economic development and urbanism.