This week the Open Cities Dhaka Project begins. The project is supported by the World Bank and involves the collection and open dissemination of building and infrastructure data in the historic old city of Dhaka. The Open Cities team will collect building attributes, water and sanitation data, and cultural sites, data which will enhance urban decision making and inform future risk reduction projects.
Dhaka, Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, with over 15 million people, and a growth rate of about four percent per year. The population density is around 45,000 people per square kilometer. That’s nearly double the density of Manhattan, with a tiny fraction of the skyscrapers.