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191 11 Jun 2015

The Happy City: 

We bring you a special episode from this year’s congress of the Academy of Urbanism. With a focus on happiness and wellbeing, we met with architects, designers and urbanists to discover how to make the most of our cities.

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190 4 Jun 2015

Under the city: 

We dig way down as we explore what lies underneath our cities, from a river hidden beneath Elizabeth Street in Melbourne to the world’s first subterranean park. Plus: we talk about underground urbanism and how to get people to invest below ground.

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189 28 May 2015

On the move: 

We take the lead from Monocle’s pages as we look at how transport is changing our cities. Tune in as we hitch a ride in a water taxi in Toronto, go to Bolivia’s capital by ‘teleférico’, explore Vienna’s aviation links and meet Beirut’s train guardians.

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188 21 May 2015

Let’s hit the mall: 

From arcades to American-style malls, shopping centres are where you can find everything under one roof. But these – usually gigantic – buildings are not always welcome. This week we head to Beirut and discover an old souk turned mall and revisit the history of Europe’s first covered shopping centre. We also meet this week’s Urban Hero, who is trying to save Istanbul’s historic Yedikule Gardens.

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187 14 May 2015

The naked city: 

Nudity is a significant part of any city, from offbeat laws and regulations to urban naked zones and topless reading clubs. We uncover it all and discover how it impacts on residents. Plus: meet our Urban Hero in media.

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186 7 May 2015

The world of money : 

From the trading floor to the local shop, money can define how we interact with a city and also with one another. We look at how to make financial districts more liveable, discover the heritage of old banks in Budapest, explore one of the remaining open outcry markets and pay our bills with the Bristol pound.

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185 30 Apr 2015

How nostalgia saved Lisbon: 

A lot of cities use nostalgic references to rejuvenate city centres but some do it better than others. In this special documentary we find out how looking backwards has been key to the Portuguese capital taking a big leap forward.

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184 23 Apr 2015

The museums that make us: 

Museums aren’t just for tourists; they are important institutions for cities, too. For residents, they can be anything from a path-finding landmark or a public space to an important way of addressing past conflicts or tackling the challenges of current politics. In this episode, we take a look at some of the most interesting museums that shape – or hope to shape – the cities and countries in which they sit.

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183 16 Apr 2015

City sleepers: 

It's a necessity of life but is a city sleep a different kind of sleep? In this episode we look at how a city should deal with sleep in public spaces and the ways in which the urban environment has shaped sleep patterns in Europe. Plus, what are the best solutions for a rejuvenating nap in the middle of a hectic day?

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182 9 Apr 2015

Rethinking the suburb: 

Are the boundaries between urban, suburban and rural blurring? From exploring new ways to expand our cities to dealing with a shifting balance of power, we look at the power of today's suburb.

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181 2 Apr 2015

All the way up: 

What surprising things do we find high-up in cities and what can you tell by looking down on them from the sky? In this episode we visit Vienna’s only tower, head to Rio de Janeiro’s high-altitude neighbourhoods and discover why Cairo wants to add skyscrapers to its skyline.

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180 26 Mar 2015

Urban lighting: 

When we build towers, monuments or parks, we plan them for the daytime. And in most cities, not much thought is given to how we illuminate or even enhance them. In this episode we take a look at our cities at night and the bright future of outdoor urban lighting, from gas lamps to hi-tech LEDs.

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