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The unbuilding of informal Buenos Aires, part 3

Drew Reed reports on plans to demolish informal areas in the Argentine capital and replace them with mixed housing and green space projects, and the life of one man at the centre of the struggle against these plans.

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The middle of nowhere: smarter than it used to be

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.

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What 5 points teaches us about the creation of public space

The famed warehouse site in Queens, destroyed definitively last year, highlighted precisely how we engage democratically in the creation of public space, especially those that suggest alternative ways of forming a "public".

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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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