Disaster Response

A country where earthquakes frequently turn towns to ruins has become an accidental laboratory for different approaches to rebuilding after a disaster.
Simone d'Antonio December 16, 2016

The World Habitat Awards selected a dozen finalists with innovative approaches to sheltering and employing poor urban populations. 

November 3, 2016

Millions of people could be spared from poverty, and billions of dollars saved, if cities devote more attention to resilience, the World Bank says. 

October 15, 2016
The deadly spread of Ebola in West Africa and the prolonged earthquake-recovery efforts in Haiti were a wake-up call for the international community: They must find a more effective way to tackle humanitarian crises in urban settings.
May 25, 2016
Officials say disaster will have no impact on preparations for October’s urbanization conference.
Gregory Scruggs April 25, 2016
Next year, the World Humanitarian Summit and Habitat III will offer a key opportunity to build a partnership between urban experts and humanitarians.
Lucy Earle March 30, 2016
The world’s most dangerous active volcano sits close to Ecuador’s capital.
Gregory Scruggs February 19, 2016
New Urban Agenda is key opportunity to bridge longstanding divide between development and humanitarian aims, advocates tell Urban Thinkers Campus participants.
Carey L. Biron February 15, 2016
When disaster struck, social media and a Google spreadsheet became essential tools for organizing community help.
Patralekha Chatterjee January 21, 2016
By tapping Habitat III process, initiative aims for collaboration between humanitarian groups, local authorities and city planners to broaden post-disaster urban response.
Carey L. Biron October 23, 2015
Since a tragic dam release flooded the Indian city in 2006, early warning systems have been implemented to make sure it won't happen again.
Patralekha Chatterjee September 3, 2015
After a devastating earthquake, some innovative urban development work is going on in Haiti’s capital.
Flavie Halais July 2, 2015

A nonprofit aids humanitarian efforts by digitally mapping the location of hospitals and schools, according to the Rockefeller Foundation. 

June 24, 2015
Nijmegen is turning a flood-control project on the River Waal into an opportunity to redevelop its inner core.
Letty Reimerink May 14, 2015

The tragedy in Kathmandu offers lessons for other cities on the importance of earthquake-proof construction and retrofits, the Nikkei Asian Review reports.

May 4, 2015
A pathbreaking public-private collaboration in an earthquake-ravaged New Zealand city is delivering hundreds of infrastructure projects quickly and efficiently.
David Killick August 7, 2014
Severe weather events in Chicago and New York show the importance of a neighborhood having a strong social fabric.
Sarah Goodyear May 9, 2014
The Philippines' champion of climate-change adaptation talked with Citiscope about what it will take to make cities resilient against natural disasters.
Imelda Visaya Abano February 4, 2014
Albay Province is vulnerable to volcanic eruptions, typhoons, mudslides, earthquakes and tsunamis. Preparing for all of them has become a way of life.
Imelda Visaya Abano February 3, 2014
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