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The famed warehouse site in Queens, New York, destroyed definitively last year, was about much more than just the place of graffiti in society. It highlighted precisely how we engage democratically in the creation of public space, especially in the creation of spaces that suggest alternative ways of forming a "public", as Matt DelSesto argues.

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In his final of three stories on the unbuilding of informal areas in the Argentine capital, Drew Reed reports on the Macri administration's plans to demolish informally occupied areas and replace them with mixed housing and green space projects, and the life of one man who has been at the centre of the struggle against these plans.

While the government is providing new infrastructure for wealthy and middle-class commuters to enjoy their combi commutes in comfort, they are squeezing low-income commuters out of the city.

Just as mass production moved into rural areas after its invention in cities, so too may high tech services move into the countryside as broadband spreads out into sparsely populated areas.

Planning

Changing the way urban planning is taught in African universities

Vanessa Watson and Babatunde Agbola discuss how the Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS) hopes to transform the continent's planning paradigm starting with the professional education system.

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Are cities really killing culture in China?

The argument that China's urbanisation is destroying its traditional culture belies a misplaced nostalgia through which Westerners perceive non-Western cultures.

Environment

The haze that hides the eternal blue sky

The Mongolian capital is learning how to reduce its air pollution levels, replacing tens of thousands of traditional heating stoves with cleaner alternatives.

International

A network analysis approach to the Syrian dilemma

A chart doing the rounds of social media shows what a tangled mess the Middle East is. But if we tease it apart, we see a region neatly divided into two camps; it's just that one is divided amongst itself.

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Its readers are drawn from the urban policy and international development sectors, and include urban planners, officers in local, national or international government agencies, civil society leaders, and researchers.

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