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The logistical operations and the spontaneous memorialising that followed the bombing of the Boston marathon illustrates how the healing of a city mirrors the healing of a bodily wound. Unlike the body however, the marks left behind may be of the city's own designs, namely in the form of a permanent memorial. A memorial which Sam Valentine argues is now needed to restore dignity to the act of remembrance.

Matthieu Floret-Scheide contemplates the chaotic urban development of Skopje and the eclectic architectural landscape it has produced, asking how the public can be better informed to change this in the future.

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How do residents rebuild after a shack fire?

Another shack fire broke out in Cape Town last month, killing one woman and affecting 1,500 residents. Andrew Fleming reports on the City's response, residents' attitudes, and recent initiatives that may alleviate the problem.

Six months on, Haiti reconstruction has ground to a halt

Customs officials blocking supplies, international donors blocking funds, and land owners blocking redevelopment: a wrap-up of international reporting on the stalled reconstruction efforts in Haiti.

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