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Can Pop-Ups Pave the Way to Thriving Public Space in World's Cities?

On a patch of gravel that was once a nondescript bus stop in Kuala Lumpur's old city, passersby can now find brightly-painted wooden pallets that double as seating and shelves stocked with free books for the taking. At least, for the time being. The transformation is temporary, a monthlong demonstration to judge the public's reaction to the idea of turning a slice of the sprawling Malaysian capital no bigger than a small hotel room into a permanent public space. This...

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