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As The Global Urbanist effects its first succession of leadership since its launch in 2009, founder and outgoing editor-in-chief Kerwin Datu reflects on our purpose in a changing media world.

While 'creative city' policies have become ubiquitous, temporary and 'pop-up' initiatives are spreading even more quickly. Oli Mould argues that it might be time to embrace these initiatives as an ongoing force for urban renewal.

We argue for a sense of global ambition for Australia's regional cities and outer suburban centres, and that the issues that confront smaller cities be brought out of the shadows of the megacity.

From the Archives

A city doesn't need a centre! (But it does need realistic planning)

The cities of the twenty-first century are too big for the old hub-and-spokes models; cities like Los Angeles, London and Sydney should be planned as tapestries, with ruthless disregard for the traditional dominance of our city centres.

The privatisation of East Darling Harbour

Lend Lease and Richard Rogers have won the right to develop the Barangaroo site in East Darling Harbour, overriding the Hill Thalis-led competition winning scheme.

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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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