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With elegant Art Deco buildings and streets named after former communist dictators, Maputo has been referred to as an African Havana. However, Joseph Hammond explains how the recent population explosion and sudden urban growth of Maputo has threatened the architectural heritage of the Mozambican capital, home to some of the most unique and varied architecture in Africa.

Two years after the introduction of Permitted Development Rights, Zoe Green argues that the policy is threatening the local creative economy in UK cities by pricing out small and medium sized enterprises.

As Asian countries join together to build "smart" urban developments, Kris Hartley explains why planners should heed the lessons of colonial history when it comes to such projects.

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