This book analyses the long term spatial-economic metamorphosis of Schiphol and the Schiphol region as archetypal for a wider international phenomenon of urban development of metropolises across the world. It study the origins and course of urban development process by identifying and explaining which (collective) arrangements, including their ambient factors and the visual representations of the city and urbanity, have influenced this metamorphosis in a decisive manner.

part I|113 pages


chapter 1|27 pages

Spatial-economic transformation of the Schiphol region


chapter 2|35 pages

Spatial-economic transformation and the rise of the nebula city

Theoretical considerations and conceptual framework

chapter 3|50 pages

Institutional foundations of spatial-economic changes

A theoretical framework

part II|275 pages


chapter 5|38 pages

The rise and development of Schiphol airport

From a military airfield to a municipal airport 1916–45

chapter 7|53 pages

Spatial-economic transformation of the Amsterdam-Schiphol region 1945–80

From monocentric to polynuclear urban system

chapter 8|55 pages

From mainport to airport city

The spatial-economic transformation of Schiphol since 1980

chapter 9|21 pages