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173 5 Feb 2015

On the map: 

They expose the hidden corners of our cities usually lost in the mix but maps are not just for tourists. On this week’s episode of The Urbanist we get lost in the art of map making and visit the people and places showing city-lovers the way.

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172 29 Jan 2015

1960s Utopias: 

They are the buildings that were meant to be Utopian visions of tomorrow but what does that mean today? In this episode of 'The Urbanist' we look at once future-perfect designs to learn which idealists guessed right.

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171 22 Jan 2015

How'd that get built?: 

How'd that get built? City-building at its best is innovative, democratic and aesthetically on point but that’s sadly not always the case. This week’s episode of The Urbanist looks at cathedrals of corruption, building blunders and just plain ugly additions to our cityscapes – how do these things get built?

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170 15 Jan 2015


City renewal is sometimes a luxury but other times an urgent necessity. In this powerful episode of ‘The Urbanist’ we cover both perspectives looking at changes to the skyline of Istanbul and how Banda Aceh rebuilt after the devastating tsunami of 2004.

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169 8 Jan 2015

We find out how digital currencies can change the way transactions are made in cities, speak to the man with a plan to renovate Vienna, have a preview of Milan’s upcoming World’s Fair, and feature a special interview from the Atlantic Dialogues.

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168 1 Jan 2015

We ask why there are so few women in planning and architecture, listen in on the preservation debate in Dallas and get a special report on Turin, a city quickly transforming itself for the better.

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167 25 Dec 2014

Over the course of 60 minutes we bring you some of the most enlightening, colourful and curious moments from the year that was 2014 on The Urbanist.

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166 18 Dec 2014

Lessons from 2014: we wrap up a good year for cities with Monocle correspondents based in Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo. Plus, a report on Toronto’s laneways and a look at what might be the biggest change to hit city roads in over a century.

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165 11 Dec 2014

Visionaries: we meet the man trying to boost the public use of New York’s landmark galleries and museums, learn how London would look if it was a national park, and find out what Belgrade stands to gain if some cinema-loving activists get their way.

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164 4 Dec 2014

From promotional campaigns and place branding to TV stations and an app connecting Parisians, we find out how cities get their messages across. Plus we take a stroll through Washington DC’s Capitol Hill.

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163 27 Nov 2014

Made in: we check out an organisation pushing to unite manufacturers in Copenhagen, former industrial sites in east London and Belgrade's design district. Plus: a traditional Hong Kong printing house and a catch-up with Gehl Architects.

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162 20 Nov 2014

Inside story: parks and plazas are obvious public spaces but when the weather gets a little less pleasant, what are our indoor equivalents? From underground pathways to open and airy libraries, we take a look at what public space looks like on the inside. Plus, a special interview with NY planning commissioner Carl Weisbrod.

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