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Alain Bertaud (Auckland)

The New Zealand Initiative

Monday, 28 July 2014 from 5:45 pm to 7:30 pm (NZST)

Alain Bertaud (Auckland)

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Mobile and affordable: The future of our cities
In recent decades, urban planners have been inventing all sorts of abstract objectives to justify their plans for our future cities: smart growth, liveability, and sustainability are among the most recent fads.

There is nothing wrong, of course, for a city to be smart, liveable, or sustainable. 

But for some reason these vague and benign sounding objectives often become a proxy for imposing planning regulations that severely limit the supply of land, resulting in ever higher housing prices. They also reduce the ability of cities to cope with their residents’ transport needs.

New York University senior scholar Alain Bertaud, himself a former principal urban planner at the World Bank, argues that it is time for planners to think again. They need to abandon abstract objectives and focus their efforts on just two measurable outcomes: citizens’ mobility and housing affordability.

Join us for a thought-provoking challenge of current urban planning orthodoxies.

 About the Speaker:

Alain Bertaud is an urbanist and, since 2012, a senior research scholar at the NYU Stern Urbanization Project. At the moment, he is writing a book about urban planning that is tentatively titled Order Without Design. 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 his wife Marie-Agnès, 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.
Time and Date:
Monday 28 July 2014
5.45pm - 6.00pm Arrival 
6.00pm - 7.00pm Seminar
7.00pm - 7.30pm Networking


Level 22 
PwC Tower
188 Quay Street

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Level 22, PwC Tower
188 Quay Street
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

Monday, 28 July 2014 from 5:45 pm to 7:30 pm (NZST)

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The New Zealand Initiative is an independent public policy think tank supported by chief executives of major New Zealand businesses. Our mission is to help build a better, stronger New Zealand. We are taking the initiative to promote a prosperous, free and fair society with a competitive, open and dynamic economy. We develop and contribute bold ideas that will have a profound, positive, long-term impact on the well-being of New Zealand.

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