City Makers: Global Shifts

Dispatches from the front lines of urban innovation

Hope for a Better Life on the India-Bangladesh Border

A historic agreement in 2015 was supposed to bring 162 isolated villages into the modern world. A lot of them are still waiting.

A U.S. Co-Working Space Aimed at the African Diaspora

Why I/O Spaces in Silver Spring, Maryland, decided to focus on professionals from the region’s large African population.

An African Take on 'Sex and the City'

Nicole Amarteifio’s popular show about well-to-do young women in Ghana is back for a second season.

Suburbs Are Urban Places, Too

A scholar argues that suburbs have complex urban qualities, but they are poorly understood.

How a Defensive Moat Became a Top Tourist Attraction

The new Waterline Museum near Utrecht reveals another side to the Netherlands’ mastery of waterways and coastlines.

Faces of a Flood-Stricken World

Gideon Mendel’s portraits of flood victims, from Thailand to Germany to Haiti, reveal the personal devastation caused by natural disasters.

Why Informal Water Sellers Are Key to India's Future

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.

Why Copenhagen Has Almost Perfect Water

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.

How Catfish and Algae Are Cleaning Up the Chicago River

The two are something like an odd couple in the fight to restore the river to health.

In Search of a Clean Water Revolution for the Philippines

In the typhoon-ravaged town of Tolosa, young entrepreneurs are working on a big problem.

What India Can Teach the Rest of the World About Rainwater Conservation

For the people of Kerala, in southern India, rain collected from rooftops has been a lifesaver.

New York's Big Climate Plan Really Does Include Oysters

Tottenville, on Staten Island, will get oyster-friendly breakwaters and a dune system as part of post-Sandy rebuilding efforts.

The High Costs of Jamaica's Crumbling Water Infrastructure

Frequent water outages on the island result in huge productivity losses.

A Seawall That Proves Strong Infrastructure Can Be Pretty, Too

Heavy doesn’t have to mean ugly.

Can the Ancient Bathhouses of Tunis Survive?

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.

A Waterfront Revival, No Water Required

The Canal District of Worcester, Massachusetts, is flourishing. Now all it needs is a canal.

Dredging a Dirty River for Art

One of the world’s most polluted rivers, the Yamuna, is the source for new work by the Indian artist Vibha Galhotra.

The Startup That's Restoring Louisiana's Coast

Two scientists believe their method of planting cypress and tupelo trees—in special rodent-resistant pods—can revive the region’s disappearing marshes.

Why I Decided to Live on a Houseboat in London

As rents soar and technology makes life onboard easier, more Londoners like me are taking up residence on the city’s canals.

Why China Wants to Build Something Called 'Sponge Cities'

China’s central government has an ambitious green infrastructure plan. But will the results live up to the rhetoric?