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With the closing of the World Urban Forum in Medellín last week, we set out our intentions for the next two years leading to Habitat III in 2016, with a call to think beyond the tick-a-box approach to the Habitat Agenda currently being encouraged, and for readers to contribute their visions of what this agenda must also address.

Eye-catching new architecture is emblematic of Medellín's transformation, but behind it is a program of social and physical interventions and security improvements as Flavie Halais reports.

Alan Gilbert doesn't believe there is one, but if one must speak of a global urban agenda, he would point to local private sector lobbies as the common force driving similar agendas in cities around the world.

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