Peter Marcuse

is a planner and lawyer, is Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at Columbia University in New York City. His fields of research include city planning, housing, the use of public space, the right to the city, social justice in the city, globalization, and urban history, with some focus New York City. He is co-editor, with Neil Brenner and Margit Mayer, of Cities for People, Not for Profit: Critical Urban Theory and the Right to the City (Routledge, 2011). He also has a blog on critical planning at


A re-designed city is a means to an end. And for Peter Marcuse, that end is the welfare and happiness of those whom the city should serve: all of us. Moreover, he shows how the realm of work could be shrunk significantly without impacting negatively on a desirable realm of freedom.

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