Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of many great North American city parks, understood that ready access to nature made cities healthier places to live.
For centuries, disease outbreaks have forced cities to transform physically and operationally in ways that ultimately benefited all residents going forward.
COVID-19 is spreading fast through not only the world's richest cities but also its poorest, ravaging slum areas where risk factors like overcrowding and poverty accelerate disease transmission.
The plight of the urban poor affected by COVID-19 highlights the need to to reaffirm that adequate housing, water supply and sanitation are basic human rights.
We sorely miss our regular haunts during the coronavirus lockdown not only because we like them but also because a healthy society needs places where people can gather, mix and mingle.
Rebuilding cities post-pandemic will start with neighbourhood hope, and strong social and community planning.
The size of our housing is linked to our physical and mental health.
We can lock in these changes to build sustainable cities out of the coronavirus crisis – here's how.
Bhaktapur suffered 300 deaths, 2,000 wounded and over 30,000 houses damaged in the 2015 earthquake. Heritage restoration has become crucial to community recovery.
Understanding the reasons behind urban patterns of coronavirus can help improve urban resilience and sustainability.
After the Covid-19 pandemic, we must seize the opportunity to make urban centers more livable places by investing in affordable housing, basic services, clean energy and active transport.
Travel somewhere new from lockdown.
Public spaces are an integral part of everyday life for most Indians. The lockdown could make people appreciate them even more.
Then – as now – the wealthy fled to the countryside, while the urban poor were forced to work on the front lines.
Temporary use of land and buildings plays a role in the aftermath of crisis.
With wild boar in Barcelona and coyotes in San Francisco, the lockdown has transformed concrete jungles worldwide.
The impacts of coronavirus on cities are extraordinarily difficult. Yet around the world, cities are responding rapidly and decisively to the crisis and its implications for urban life.
Densely populated urban areas are great drivers of economic development and innovation, but that also makes them a fertile ground for the spread of pandemics.
In the aftermath of the plague, division and discord spread in medieval cities.
The nightlife sector was operating in crisis mode since before the current pandemic, and global strategizing for the future of after-dark industries is already well underway.