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176 26 Feb 2015

The ticking clock: 

Timekeeping has a big impact on urban life, from iconic clocks and watchmakers to city-wide alarms and historic church bells. We find out about life as a bell-ringer and discover which timezone gives a city 15 minutes of fame every year.

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175 19 Feb 2015

The floating city: 

How do you best use space on water? From homes and churches to restaurants and markets, we find out how cities are taking to the water and how to do it right.

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174 12 Feb 2015

Big ideas, small packages: 

Urban innovation often starts as a minuscule experiment – and then it’s turned up. Big ideas about cities don’t always mean super-structures, mega-projects and mass appeal. When it comes to services, amenities and leisure, sometimes it’s the smaller, hyper-local examples that have the most impact.

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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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