Alain Bertaud   (  阿·柏图 )  is an urbanist and, since 2012, a senior research scholar at the NYU  Marron Institute of Urban Management. He just completed writing a book about urban planning that is titled “Order Without Design: How Markets Shape Cities“.  This book has been published by MIT Press in November 2018. 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-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.

An interview with Paul Romer, Nobel Laureate in Economics 2018, on my book publication “Order without Design: How Markets Shape Cities”



As an urban planner, my goal is to translate the theories (and sometimes the jargon) and equations of urban economists into approaches and methods which can lead to concrete decision making in the everyday world of an urban planning office.  The following reports and papers, always produced at the request of a municipality or of an urban investor (mostly the World Bank), illustrate these new approaches and methods. I have written these reports and papers over a long period. I am updating this site regularly with new work. However, I am keeping the older reports available on this website because it is always interesting to know how priorities and strategies have changed over the years.
Urban Spatial Structures and City Planning
Comparative Urban Structures
Asian Cities
African Cities
European Cities
North, Central and South American Cities
Land Use and Financial Models - AKA Bertaud Model

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Spatial Distribution of Population in Jakarta and London (represented at the same scale; from 1990 census data)

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