City Makers: Global Shifts
Dispatches from the front lines of urban innovation
A historic agreement in 2015 was supposed to bring 162 isolated villages into the modern world. A lot of them are still waiting.
Why I/O Spaces in Silver Spring, Maryland, decided to focus on professionals from the region’s large African population.
Nicole Amarteifio’s popular show about well-to-do young women in Ghana is back for a second season.
A scholar argues that suburbs have complex urban qualities, but they are poorly understood.
The new Waterline Museum near Utrecht reveals another side to the Netherlands’ mastery of waterways and coastlines.
Gideon Mendel’s portraits of flood victims, from Thailand to Germany to Haiti, reveal the personal devastation caused by natural disasters.
Most packaged water in India is unregulated and not all of it is safe. Even so, the private water market may meet the needs of Indians better than the public sector does.
Residents of the Danish capital swim in its harbor and drink some of the world’s purest tap water—taking care not to waste it—thanks to decades of government efforts.
The two are something like an odd couple in the fight to restore the river to health.
In the typhoon-ravaged town of Tolosa, young entrepreneurs are working on a big problem.
For the people of Kerala, in southern India, rain collected from rooftops has been a lifesaver.
Tottenville, on Staten Island, will get oyster-friendly breakwaters and a dune system as part of post-Sandy rebuilding efforts.
Frequent water outages on the island result in huge productivity losses.
Heavy doesn’t have to mean ugly.
It’s getting harder for the owners of hammams, or traditional bathhouses, to turn a profit. Activists hope to sustain an important part of Tunisian culture.
The Canal District of Worcester, Massachusetts, is flourishing. Now all it needs is a canal.
One of the world’s most polluted rivers, the Yamuna, is the source for new work by the Indian artist Vibha Galhotra.
Two scientists believe their method of planting cypress and tupelo trees—in special rodent-resistant pods—can revive the region’s disappearing marshes.
As rents soar and technology makes life onboard easier, more Londoners like me are taking up residence on the city’s canals.
China’s central government has an ambitious green infrastructure plan. But will the results live up to the rhetoric?