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Destroying neighborhoods/Buying pieces of city land: Two faces of the same deep logic?

Saskia Sassen, a sociology professor at Columbia University and co-chair of its Committee on Global Thought, has written an article for

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Wake-up call for high-rise developments in London

In London, high-rise is under attack. Once again. In a statement published in The Observer on Saturday 29 March, prestigious signatories warn about the “200 towers that threaten to destroy the city’s character.”

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Worth the Wait: Pop-Ups and the Fall of Public Space

London in the past six years has been experiencing a sway of so-called pop-ups’. These temporary projects began to mushroom around London’s at the dawn of the 2008 economic crisis. Yet interim uses might exercise an influence beyond their overtly benevolent facade.

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Conflicted Hero: monuments and urban identity in Osh, Kyrgyzstan

After its construction in 2010, a spokesperson for the Osh major declared Manas the second-highest equestrian statue worldwide. He is beaten to first place by a 40-metre Genghis Khan, erected in 2006 in Ulanbator, the thus far undisputed record-holder in this strange competition.

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