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With libraries increasingly likely to shutter their doors in the digital age, Zung Nguyen discusses the risks London faces as it emphasises public housing over other kinds of social institutions.

Looking at the recent transformation of Williamsburg in New-York, Julia Borowicz questions the perceived authenticity of trendy post-industrial neighbourhoods. She invites us to look beyond the aesthetic, and understands what makes attractive spaces.

Joseph Hammond explains how the recent population explosion and sudden urban growth of Maputo has threatened the unique architectural heritage of the Mozambican capital.

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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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The Global Urbanist is an online magazine reviewing urban affairs and urban development issues in cities throughout the developed and developing world.

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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