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The Urbanist

With an influential audience of city mayors, urban planners and architects, this is Monocle’s guide to making better cities, be it new technology, state-of-the-art subways or compact apartments. Nominee in the Smartest Podcast category of the 2019 British Podcast awards.

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Wellbeing and cities:

We discuss wellbeing in our urban environments. Reporting from the inaugural Wellbeing Cities Forum in Montréal, we examine how to live well in a city and dissect the social, economic and cultural aspects of urban life.

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15 Jul 2019
5 min

Tall Stories 165: The Kiwi bach: 

The bach plays a leading role in New Zealanders’ summer holidays. Monocle 24’s David Stevens takes us to his family’s bach on Waikanae Beach to assess why this classic Kiwi dream might be starting to fade.

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40411 Jul 2019
29 min

Wellbeing and cities: 

We discuss wellbeing in our urban environments. Reporting from the inaugural Wellbeing Cities Forum in Montréal, we examine how to live well in a city and dissect the social, economic and cultural aspects of urban life.

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8 Jul 2019
7 min

Tall Stories 164: Stonewall’s legacy: 

Stonewall is the most influential event in US gay-rights history; in 2016, Barack Obama made the site of the uprising a national monument. So why are many places that are critical to LGBT history under-documented and overlooked?

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4034 Jul 2019
30 min

Lessons from the Quality of Life Conference: 

Now that Monocle’s fifth annual Quality of Life conference has wrapped up in Madrid, we look back at some of the wisdom we took home with us and ponder how we can use these lessons to effect change in our own urban environments.

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1 Jul 2019
4 min

Tall Stories 163: Moscow street art: 

Wander into a Moscow courtyard and you’ll often come across characters made of rusty metal tubes, bits of wood or, perhaps, an old washing machine. With its striking simplicity, this grassroots street art is a uniquely Russian phenomenon – but it might be on the brink of vanishing forever.

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40227 Jun 2019
30 min

Spotlight: Madrid: 

As we gear up to host our fifth annual Quality of Life Conference in Madrid, we look at the Spanish capital’s urban plans, promises and problems. Our man in the city, Liam Aldous, brings us this week’s special episode.

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24 Jun 2019
5 min

Tall Stories 162: Toronto Raptors and the city: 

The ascent of Toronto’s basketball heroes – the Raptors are this year’s NBA champions – has revealed much about the city. In many ways, the team reflects one of the world’s most diverse urban centres.

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40120 Jun 2019
29 min

Checking in: 

We hear about a clever digital tool changing our urban environments, look at Toronto’s plans to loosen the reins on high-rises and visit a new museum in Sarajevo.

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17 Jun 2019
6 min

Tall Stories 161: Torre Littoria: 

We're in Turin to ponder a towering relic of Italy’s fascist past. Referred to as Mussolini's finger, this skyscraper has stayed standing despite the wishes of residents.

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40013 Jun 2019
29 min

Cities through the artist’s eye: 

We stroll through the halls of The Urbanist art gallery to look at how the artist’s perspective can help us paint a new picture of the cities we live in.

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10 Jun 2019
5 min

Tall Stories 160: Glasgow City Chambers: 

Monocle 24’s Daniel Bach tells us about the Glasgow City Chambers, which hide one of the city’s greatest architectural features in plain sight.

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3996 Jun 2019
30 min

Urban rulebook: 

What does it take to be a good citizen? Authorities can set the tone but in the end it’s residents who define the places they live. We look at what’s required to make our cities thrive – and yes, it means following a couple of rules here and there.

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3 Jun 2019
6 min

Tall Stories 159: Uno Prii: 

Monocle 24’s Will Kitchens looks at two quietly iconic residential tower blocks from Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

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39830 May 2019
30 min

Private and public development, part two: 

We continue our conversation with architect Monica von Schmalensee, developer Jared Della Vale and urban-planner Alfredo Caraballo on the role that private developers play in cities. Plus: we take a closer look at the new World Trade Center.

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27 May 2019
5 min

Tall Stories 158: New-town Britain: 

Monocle’s editor Andrew Tuck takes us back to 1971 to tell us all about the UK’s new-town model.

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