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Urban Instincts: improvisation in the nocturnal city

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Urban Instincts : improvisation in the nocturnal city . / Dunn, Nicholas Simon.

2017. 1-4 Paper presented at Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting 2017, Boston, United States.

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Harvard

Dunn, NS 2017, 'Urban Instincts: improvisation in the nocturnal city ', Paper presented at Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting 2017, Boston, United States, 5/04/17 - 9/04/17 pp. 1-4.

APA

Dunn, N. S. (2017). Urban Instincts: improvisation in the nocturnal city . 1-4. Paper presented at Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting 2017, Boston, United States.

Vancouver

Dunn NS. Urban Instincts: improvisation in the nocturnal city . 2017. Paper presented at Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting 2017, Boston, United States.

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Dunn, Nicholas Simon. / Urban Instincts : improvisation in the nocturnal city . Paper presented at Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting 2017, Boston, United States.4 p.

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