As the world urbanizes rapidly, cities continue to be the physical and social base for people’s prosperity and nature’s sustainability. In recent years, the idea of “smart cities” has grown more…

Myunggu Kang |

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 Arai |

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 |

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 credit: Lois Goh/ World Bank Urbanization and economic growth go hand in hand.  Cities are turning into centers of attraction in developing countries and their population is rising…

Fen Wei, Gunes Basat, Hyunji Lee |

It will take Karachi as much as $10 billion of capital investment over the next decade to close the infrastructure gaps in the city.   On the ground, it is not too difficult to see why this is so…

Jon Kher Kaw, Annie Gapihan, Peter Ellis, Jaafar Sadok Friaa |

Vibrant streets with vendors. Photo: Jon Kher Kaw / World Bank Public spaces such as streets, open spaces, parks, and public buildings are a big part of cities that are often overlooked.…

Annie Gapihan, Jon Kher Kaw, Jaafar Sadok Friaa |

In Mali, residents of Timbuktu take part in the maintenance of the Djingareyber Mosque, a World Heritage Site, applying traditional repair techniques. (Tiecoura Ndaou / UN Photo) Imagine a city…

Sameh Wahba, Barbara Minguez Garcia |