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Design Miami :

Monocle’s design editor Nolan Giles heads to Design Miami to meet some of the most dynamic talents at the annual showcase. Including Australian designers Broached Commissions, curator Alice Stori Liechtenstein, artist and designer Daniel Arsham and mayor of Miami Beach Dan Gelber.

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12 Dec 2019
5 min

Extra: Moving to Mars: 

We’ve been cleared for take-off from the ‘Moving to Mars’ exhibition at London’s Design Museum. We hear from the show’s chief curator, Justin McGuirk, about space-age fashion and the difficulty of designing for life on another planet.

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42610 Dec 2019
30 min

Design Miami : 

Monocle’s design editor Nolan Giles heads to Design Miami to meet some of the most dynamic talents at the annual showcase. Including Australian designers Broached Commissions, curator Alice Stori Liechtenstein, artist and designer Daniel Arsham and mayor of Miami Beach Dan Gelber.

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5 Dec 2019
6 min

Extra: What should a hospital sound like?: 

When Helsinki’s new children’s hospital was designed, its sound and acoustics were a major consideration. We hear how good sound design can make a huge difference for patients and staff in a stressful environment.

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4253 Dec 2019
30 min

Los Angeles special: 

This special edition of the programme is hosted by Monocle’s Carlota Rebelo in Los Angeles. She reports on what defines the Southern California aesthetic, a new streetlight competition and textiles from BlockShop.

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28 Nov 2019
5 min

Extra: Perth Stadium: 

From Rotterdam to Milan, new stadiums are nearing completion. But can a stadium structure reflect its location? We look to western Australia to find out how Perth Stadium’s new parkland embraces its city.

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42426 Nov 2019
30 min

Toronto special: 

This special edition of the programme is hosted by our team in Toronto, unpicking Canada’s design credentials, from graphic design and architecture to the country’s fine roster of design festivals.

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21 Nov 2019
5 min

Extra: In praise of shade: 

The planet is getting warmer and city residents are starting to feel the heat in buildings designed for cooler climes. Air conditioning is one – somewhat wasteful – solution but should architects and designers consider throwing some shade instead? Roll up, roll up, for our report on the merits of awnings.

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42319 Nov 2019
30 min

Greek revival : 

The Greek economy is improving despite a ruinous financial crisis, and today more Athenians are heading home and looking to help shape the city for the better. Our Athens-themed dispatch delves into three industries (from urban planning to fashion and hospitality) to see how design is offering new solutions in this ancient city.

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14 Nov 2019
4 min

Extra: City security: Oslo’s new neighbourhood: 

Oslo is currently redesigning its government quarter. The administrative buildings here were damaged by a terror attack in 2011 and are set to be demolished to make way for shiny new replacements and large public parks to boot. We meet the architects behind the overhaul.

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42212 Nov 2019
30 min

London with Simon Jenkins: 

Author and historian Simon Jenkins talks to Josh Fehnert about how London came to look the way it does. Plus: Architectural historian Elain Harwood on the UK’s overlooked art deco buildings.

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7 Nov 2019
6 min

Extra: Show stoppers: 

How do you redesign the familiar and the everyday? We visit London’s Ace Hotel, which recently invited Diego Faivre, Boaz Cohen and Shay Alkalay to refresh objects such as doorstops and rugs as part of the ‘Custom Exercise’ design project.

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4215 Nov 2019
30 min

Keeping it natural : 

We meet celebrated architect Tom Kundig, co-owner and design principal of Seattle-based partnership Olson Kundig, to discuss how his enthusiasm for natural materials flows into his work. Plus: Maria Cheung of London-based architects and designers Squire and Partners joins us to discuss how to design workspaces that are creative, productive and fun.

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31 Oct 2019
6 min

Extra: Game changers: 

Mattel have released a new braille edition of classic card game Uno. Games expert Dr Michael James Heron explains design choices encouraging wider accessibility for the visually impaired in board games and card games.

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42029 Oct 2019
30 min

Bold futures: 

We head to Eindhoven to check out the best of Dutch Design Week. Plus: how the Cold War shaped Vienna’s architecture and Rob Dickins introduces The Architects Underground at the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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24 Oct 2019
7 min

Extra: Seeing double: 

We visit Baltimore’s Post Typography to learn how founders Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen grew a successful design and branding agency from their beginnings as collaborators in the city’s music scene.

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