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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.

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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


Alain Bertaud is one of the world's great urbanists. He straddles the world of urban economics and urban planning―and draws forth the best of both fields. This book is a fascinating tour-de-force of clear thinking and real-world experience. Like Alain, it is wise, witty, and deeply insightful. Anyone who cares about cities throughout the world should read this book and grapple with Alain's incisive intellect.

Edward Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University; author of Triumph of the City

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  • Publisher : The MIT Press (December 4, 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0262038765
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0262038768
  • Item Weight : 2.5 pounds
  • Dimensions : 7.31 x 1.06 x 9.31 inches
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