ABSTRACT

You arrive at an international airport, any international airport, for the first time. It is both new and strange, surroundings never before visited, and yet strangely familiar. In some sense, if you have been to one big modern international airport, you have been to them all: the similar configurations, the shared décor. The sameness is not just an accident of shared technologies or similar architects, it is a desired end. Global cities, like their airports, are all very different, yet the same. There are recurring features that exist in global cities and are the focus of desire for globalizing cities. Four of the modalities of the global city are the subject of this chapter.