San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
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.
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.
Wednesday 30 July 2014
5.45pm - 6.00pm Arrival
6.00pm - 7.00pm Seminar
7.00pm - 7.30pm Networking
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The New Zealand Initiative
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.