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Alain Bertaud is Senior Research Scholar at New York University's Marron Institute of Urban Management. He has worked as Principal Urban Planner for the World Bank and as an independent consultant and resident urban planner in cities ranging from Bangkok to New York.

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Definitely recommended, this is now one of my favorite books on cities.

-Marginal Revolution
Order without Design is a work with a clear vision for urban policy-a magnum opus from one of the twenty-first century's great city planners. Similar to Jane Jacobs's The Death and Life of the Great American City, Bertaud's book manages to weave together theory and practice in a way that will be eye-opening to the curious urbanite and enriching to the practicing professional. If city planning has a future, its contours can almost certainly be found here.-City Journal

I am indebted here to Alain Bertaud whose most recent book Order Without Design best articulates his view about cities as labour markets. If you love cities that view might seem a bit reductionist, but it is a pretty good description. A well-functioning labour market makes possible every other aspect of urban life.

-Transport Minister for New Zealand, Speech to Government Economics Network 2019 Conference

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