Transform Cities

Nearly three-fourths of the world's population is expected to live in cities by 2050. This rapid urbanization brings opportunities but also new threats to health and economic well-being, and, with many cities located in fragile ecosystems, puts more people at risk of climate change impacts and other shocks and stresses.

The Rockefeller Foundation takes a systemic approach to tackling issues that influence cities, including climate change, economic opportunity, social cohesion, sustainable infrastructure, and equitable transportation, to ensure that cities continue to be places of enormous opportunity and growth. Click below to learn about our partnership with the Brookings Institution to help metropolitan areas in the United States innovate solutions to the pressing problems they face, and see the breadth of work in the Transform Cities focus area.



Over the last several years, prompted by the 2008 financial crisis and political gridlock at the national level, many local governments have created coalitions of business leaders, civil society members, and urban planners to spark job creation and catalyze long-term economic growth.

The Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation, which marked its third year in 2013, is working to help states and metropolitan regions, including Chicago, the Pacific Northwest, Northeast Ohio, and Colorado, lead on innovative solutions to build a new economy. In June 2013, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, The Brookings Institution’s Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley published The Metropolitan Revolution highlighting many examples of some of the most promising metropolitan-led transformations around the country. Watch this video to learn more about the “metropolitan revolution” taking place in the United States today.