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Power to the cities – but what about the rest?

In a time when cities around the world enjoy an influence in national and international affairs that they last wielded when the modern democratic nation-state was young, a growing number of cities have used that influence to wrest powers and money from central government, for themselves and their immediate hinterlands.

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Lagos State’s Building Collapse Syndrome

In 2013, more than 135 buildings collapsed in Lagos State and the latest collapsed building had a death toll of 80 people. It is a syndrome that is plaguing Lagos State.

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London’s living history: An interview with the Mobile Museum’s Verity-Jane Keefe

A mobile museum is soon set to take to London’s streets to explore the contemporary cultural life of one of the city’s boroughs, involving residents, community makers and storytellers along the way.

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No. 1 Worst City to Live In: Damascus

Civil unrest and war has left this historic city and its residents facing serious humanitarian challenges. War is also threatening the architectural history that still stands strong in stone in the Ancient City of Damascus. Most of the violence has affected the outskirts of the city, however, important world history remains in danger as long as political instability continues.

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No. 1 Best City to Live in: Melbourne

Find out how this city caters to its citizens. Amongst other things, it has successfully shifted the CBD from being more car orientated to pedestrian-friendly, with creative laneways that are populated with covert boutiques, famed restaurants, hole-in-the-wall cafes and vibrant bars.

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#CityTalk: Is the Future of Agriculture Urban?

Urban sprawl and rapid urbanisation have pushed agricultural lands beyond its core population and supply has become a complex logistical endeavour. Perhaps as a response to these shifts in production, urban agriculture has been gaining popularity in cities around the world. Join #CityTalk as we discuss urban agriculture and its social, cultural and economic implications.

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Planning for Local and Liveable Neighbourhoods in Melbourne

Melbourne is a city defined by its suburbs. It is the distinct character of neighbourhoods from Footscray to Frankston that help Melbourne regularly sit near the top of world’s most liveable city rankings.

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The 2014 World Cities Day Challenge: champion your city’s best idea

The World Cities Day Challenge will be held on 31 October and you have until 26 September to enter. It is calling for the best ideas from cities around the world – one idea, pioneered by your city, that other cities should adopt. And you could be the person to represent your city on the big day.

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Lagos State Amends Urban, Regional Planning & Development Law

The Lagos State Governor has signed into law a bill amending the State’s Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law. The law has now opened the door for experienced personnel not just in the field of Town Planning but Project Management, Urban Renewal and Urban Development.

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Food, Flowers and Friendships

Exploring the opportunities and possibilities of collaborative community gardening in Washington D.C.