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Welcome to The City Topic. In this blog you will find news, opinions and many more themes about cities and urban developments around the world. 

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My name Fabian Lozano and I am an architect with master's degree in urban design. During the last years, I have travelled to different places in Latin America and Europe, from the fascinating landscapes of Rio de Janeiro to the marvellous historic cities of Italy. I believe that every place always has something to teach us, not only in its physical part, but also in the culture and lifestyle of the people.

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