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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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Shock therapy: the pacification of Rio de Janeiro's favelas

Flavie Halais reports on the efficacy of the new Police Pacification Units cleaning up the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and asks why the city's authorities have chosen this time to step up the programme.

An urban exemplar in the Middle East

Doha is part of Qatar's push to become an urban exemplar for the region, diversifying away from an oil-based economy by investing in education, enterprise, sport, transport and the quality of the public realm.

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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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