From Chinese tourists in Kidlington, to Brits slumming it in Rio, everyone wants an 'authentic' experience.
As many as 30,000 delegates gathered to decide the future of cities for the next 20 years – here's how it played out.
Cities like Dhaka are internally diverse, even contradictory. Such variation extends to the types of economic activity that take place in them.
As cities trumpet their liveability, creativity and greenness, many informal settlement activities are often relegated to the shadows.
The rear of 30-32 Oxford Street, an area of Sydney affected by an outbreak of bubonic plague in 1900.
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New research finds almost a million Australians are living in poor or very poor-quality housing, with more than 100,000 in dwellings regarded as very poor or derelict.
Urban planning was once an Olympic event, although the first gold medal – awarded to Germany’s Alfred Hensel for the Nuremberg stadium – turned out to be an unfortunate choice.
Imagine cities competed to eliminate hunger, poverty, unemployment, crime and greenhouse emissions, and to offer housing and transport for all. Don't scoff – urban planning was once an Olympic event.
New York, Berlin and Paris have all suffered some ill effects from online rental platforms – without proper regulations, Rio could follow.
A colorized 1937 photograph of a shantytown on the outskirts of Seattle.
Like Brazil's favela dwellers, America's working poor felt a sense of pride and community in their shantytowns – and desperately resisted the powerful interests that sought to demolish them.
Slum tourism is broadly rejected as morally dubious and voyeuristic. But we should take a second look.
Local residents walk past a collapsed building in Huruma, Nairobi. Many of the city’s current problems emerged at its birth as a colonial town.
Building better, inclusive cities involves enabling the wise use of public land and taxes to ensure that high-quality housing and amenities are provided for all at a lower cost.
As machinery demolishes houses behind them, Jakarta police evict residents from the settlement of Luar Batang in April.
The world's informal settlements are growing at an unprecedented rate, with about one in four urban dwellers living in slums. We need to rethink how we view and deal with these people and places.
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It is 2016 but, when it comes to housing, in many ways it could actually be 1891.
Migrants can be a huge boon to cities – but planning to support them is crucial.
The house in which Freddie Gray grew up in the Baltimore neighbourhood of Druid Heights.
Kim Hairston, Baltimore Su
Racial segregation and poisonous living conditions played a large part in determining the young man's fate.
The Glasgow Red Road flats will not feature in the Commonwealth Games ceremony.
Should we be celebrating the Commonwealth Games organisers’ decision not to demolish Glasgow’s iconic Red Road Flats as part of the opening ceremony, where the live footage was to be beamed on huge screens…