On 3 October 2019, the half-day event ‘Cities and Metropolitan Airport Areas: Looking for New Approaches’ took place in ARC offices in Brussels. The seminar was organised by joint efforts of Metropolis, Airport Regions Conference, Area Metropolitana de Barcelona, Institut d’Aménagement et d’Urbanisme d’Île de France and Atlanta Regional Commission.
Based on the Metropolis funded studies on the cases of Barcelona, Paris and Atlanta, the event consisted of welcome words from ARC Director General Sergi Alegre and Secretary General of Metropolis Octavi de la Varga, a keynote on international airports and regional governments given by Ignasi Ragàs, a round table discussion about Paris and Barcelona city cases given by Martin Hervouët and Javier Ortigosa and a debate.
The topics touched upon in the seminar included metropolisation of global territories, employment areas and reachability of airports. Also, specific studies about Barcelona and Paris airport areas were presented.
During the event, the participants from different regions of Europe and the United States were active in discussing with speakers, which led the seminar to be insightful and interesting.