Friday, 20 June 2014

Mobile and Affordable

I'll be attending Alain Bertaud's talk, though I'm not sure whether I'll be doing it here in Christchurch or up in Wellington. I hope to see many of you there. 


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 Urbanisation Project. Currently, 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-Agn├Ęs, 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.

 
Auckland
​Time and Date:
Monday 28 July 2014
5.45pm - 6.00pm Arrival
6.00pm - 7.00pm Seminar
7.00pm - 7.30pm Networking


Location:
Level 22
PwC Tower
188 Quay Street
Auckland 

 
Wellington
​Time and Date:
Wednesday 30 July 2014
5.45pm - 6.00pm Arrival
6.00pm - 7.00pm Seminar
7.00pm - 8.00pm Networking


Location:
Room GBLT1
Victoria University of Wellington Law Buildings
55 Lambton Quay
Wellington 

 

Christchurch
​Time and Date:
Thursday 31 July 2014
5.45pm - 6.00pm Arrival
6.00pm - 7.00pm Seminar
7.00pm - 7.30pm Networking

Location:
CDC (Canterbury Development Corporation) Offices
Level 1, 99 Cashel Street
Christchurch 

 


 

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