The Growth Lab's Development Talks is a series of conversations with policymakers and academics working in international development. The seminar provides a platform for practitioners and researchers to discuss both the practice of development and analytical work centered on policy.
Alain will discuss his recent book, "Order without Design: How Markets Shape Cities." He argues that a city's chief attraction resides first in the people already living in it. People and firms, through markets, create a spontaneous order. The top-down design infrastructure serves this spontaneous order, not the other way around. Cities are primarily labor markets that form the substructure on which all the other social amenities are built.
Moderator: Diane E. Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, Harvard's Graduate School of Design.
Whether attending in-person or virtually, please register in advance. Room attendance is limited to the Harvard community. Seating availability is based on a first-come, first-served basis. The Zoom webinar is open to the public.
Lunch will be provided. Please arrive at 11:45 am to allow for lunch, seating, and a prompt start at 12 pm.
Speakers and Presenters
Alain Bertaud, Senior Fellow, New York University's Marron Institute of Urban Management; Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University.
Harvard Growth Lab
Harvard University Graduate School of Design