Around the globe building codes of modern governments are failing under the weight of corruption, lax regulation and the inevitable force of nature. This is a J4T investigation into the poor building-code enforcement that’s allowed sub-standard construction around the word that costs many their lives.

The problem is acute in Kenya, where buildings in poor neighborhoods are prone to collapse.

It’s even more pronounced in Mexico City — a city with a history of temblors that should know better — a recent earthquake delivered tragic consequences of the risk a government takes when it tolerates corruption and poor regulation of building codes.