Every year on May 17, we mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) and honor the tremendous progress that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex…

Maninder Gill, Trishna Rana |

Urbanization is a defining phenomenon of our time, with an estimated 80% of global economic activity now generated in cities and an increase of two billion city residents, globally, between 2000…

Sameh Wahba, Valerie-Joy Santos, Rodica Tomescu-Olariu |

[[tweetable]]​Chongqing, the largest municipality in China, is investing in sustainable urban growth.[[/tweetable]] As China transitions from pursuing high-speed growth at any cost to a growth…

Xueman Wang, Peter Calthorpe |

Overcrowded, dirty, and disorderly cities undermine residents’ health as much as their happiness. With urbanization occurring at an unprecedented rate, there is an urgent need for careful planning…

Abhas Jha |

By 2050, urbanization – combined with the overall growth of the world’s population – could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas by 2050. Close to 90% of this increase will take place in…

Gerald Ollivier, Jon Kher Kaw, Peter Ellis |

A stage is now ready for public urban spaces.   “By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, particularly for women and children, older persons…

Hyunji Lee |

Photo: The central square of the old town. Brasov. Transylvania. By Ann Stryzhekin/ Shutterstock When U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Yokohama in 1854, it was a backwater village in Japan…

Marcel Ionescu-Heroiu, Yuko Okazawa |

Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York. Photo credit: © Kevin Arnold Municipal leaders face hundreds of difficult choices every day. With so many needs and worthy programs, how does one choose where to…

Joel Paque |

Our planet is undergoing a process of rapid urbanization, and the next few decades will see unprecedented growth in urban areas, including in urban infrastructure. Most of the growth will take…

Maninder Gill, Vincent Roquet |

More than one billion people globally – about 15% of the world’s population – are estimated to have a disability. Most of them live in developing countries.

Maninder Gill, Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo |