Opened State Archives reveal how decisions taken by the government in 1977 have created a legacy of weakened buildings in Bucharest, exacerbating its high earthquake risk.

Alanna Simpson, Antonios Pomonis, Emil-Sever Georgescu |

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 Arai |

[[tweetable]]How fast is your city growing? The answer may depend on where you live.[[/tweetable]] There are the booming megacities such as Tokyo, Mumbai, and Nairobi. Then there are cities that…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Paula Restrepo Cadavid |

This page in: Français Credit: Tracy Ben/ Shutterstock “At 14:28:04 on May 12, 2008, an 8.0 earthquake struck suddenly, shaking the earth, with mountains and rivers shifted, devastated, and parted…

Sameh Wahba, Luis Benveniste |

[[tweetable]]What are some of the key issues that will shape global development in 2017?[[/tweetable]] About this series More blog posts ​From addressing the forced displacement crisis to helping…

Andy Shuai Liu |

Also available in: Español More than two months have passed since the whirlwind that was Habitat III, the UN’s once-every-20-year summit on cities and urban development. From big data to climate…

Sameh Wahba, Sarah Xinyuan Lin |

There is no better way to mark this year’s World Cities Day than reflecting on the adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the recent Habitat III conference in Quito. The agenda reaffirms the…

Sameh Wahba, Sarah Xinyuan Lin |

[[tweetable]]Cities around the world face increasingly complex challenges such as rapid urbanization and climate change.[[/tweetable]] Meanwhile, many cities facing the most pressing problems lack…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, George W. McCarthy |

By 2030, without efforts to boost urban resilience, climate change may push up to 77 million urban residents into poverty.   The good news is that the world has a brief window of opportunity to…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Joe Leitmann |