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 |

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 |

Also available in: Español | 日本語  Photo: MediaFOTO/PIXTA In March 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck Japan, unleashing a tsunami that left some 20, 000 people dead or missing. Sendai,…

Sanae Sasamori, Naho Shibuya |

Also available in: Español | 日本語  Picture of the Competitive Cities Technical Deep Dive participants enjoying a walk through the Minato Mirai 21 area (with the Cosmo Clock in the background),…

Sameh Wahba, Megha Mukim, Daniel Levine |

Photo: Evan Blaser/Flickr The concentration of population in cities and their exposure to seismic hazards constitute one of the greatest disaster risks facing Peru and Ecuador. In 2007, a…

Sofía Guerrero Gámez, Georges Darido, Ignacio Sánchez D’Ocon, Naho Shibuya |

Photo: Sinkdd/Flickr For many countries, damages and losses related to transport are a significant proportion of the economic impacts of disasters, often more than destruction to housing and…

Shanika Hettige, Shoko Takemoto, Robert Lucas |

Also available in Français | Español | 中文 In January, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim urged the audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos to look closely at a young, promising form of…

Heike Reichelt, Alexandra Klöpfer |

In September, the world’s top scientists said the human influence on climate was clear. Last month, they warned of increased risks of a rapidly warming planet to our economies, environment, food…

Rachel Kyte |

After more than two hours stranded at a small town train station near Tokyo, Japan, with record snowfall and freezing temperatures outside our windows, the train driver addressed us for the third…

Joaquin Toro |

The “Ladies Specials” are women-only commuter train recently launched in four Indian cities (New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Calcutta). While not a new practice, public transport exclusively for…

Darshana Patel |