In Thessaloniki, a promenade along the Aegean Sea is dotted with fountains, sculptures, grassy parks, and the iconic “Umbrellas” art installation of the late Greek sculptor George Zongolopoulos.…

Valerie-Joy Santos |

The death toll from Cyclone Idai that ripped into Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi in March 2019 is now above 1, 000, with damages estimated at $2 billion. In 2018, more than 10, 000 people lost…

Abhas Jha |

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 |

As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, the number of megacities is growing rapidly. Today there are 37 cities worldwide with populations of greater than 10 million, and 84 with populations…

Philip E. Karp, Peter Ellis, Barjor Mehta |

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 |

Land is an essential resource for sustainable development. From large cities to remote villages, [[tweetable]]land remains one of the most important assets for many people, especially the poor.[[/…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez |

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 |

​Today, a quarter of the world’s population lives in urban “agglomerations”—supersized metropolitan areas that cut across jurisdictional boundaries and bring together one or more cities along with…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Philip E. Karp, Maria Angelica Sotomayor |

Hurricane Matthew destroyed an estimated 90% of homes in Haiti's Grande Anse department. Stronger public knowledge infrastructure can help better facilitate post-disaster recovery. (Photo: EU…

Luis Triveno, Klaus Deininger |