Order Without Design

Order Without Design: How Markets Shape Cities, a book by Alain Bertaud, aims to bridge the gap between operational urban planning and urban economics. Bertaud’s research, conducted in collaboration with his wife, Marie-Agnès, focuses primarily on the interaction among urban forms, real estate markets, and regulations.

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Initiative Lead: Alain Bertaud

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Alain Bertaud
Senior Fellow / Marron Institute

Alain Bertaud is a Fellow at the Marron Institute. He is the author of  a book about markets and the practice of urban planning titled “Order Without Design: How Markets Shape Cities” published by MIT Press in December 2018. Bertaud previously held the position of principal urban planner at the World Bank. After retiring from the Bank in 1999, he worked as an independent consultant. Prior to joining the World Bank he worked as a resident urban planner in a number of cities around the world: Bangkok, San Salvador (El Salvador), Port au Prince (Haiti), Sana’a (Yemen), New York, Paris, Tlemcen (Algeria), and Chandigarh (India).

Bertaud’s research, conducted in collaboration with GIS-expert Marie-Agnès Bertaud, aims to bridge the gap between operational urban planning and urban economics. Their work focuses primarily on the interaction between urban forms, real estate markets and regulations. Bertaud earned the Architecte DPLG diploma from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Bertaud has been recently interviewed about his book in podcasts by Russ Roberts and Tyler Cowen

Russ Roberts Interview on EconTalk

Interview with Tyler Cowen