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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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Floriade – growing green cities:

We report from the international horticultural show that takes place in the Netherlands every 10 years. Once it wraps up, the 60-hectare site will be adapted to become a fully functioning new part of the city of Almere.

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55319 May 2022
30 min

Floriade – growing green cities: 

We report from the international horticultural show that takes place in the Netherlands every 10 years. Once it wraps up, the 60-hectare site will be adapted to become a fully functioning new part of the city of Almere.

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16 May 2022
5 min

Tall Stories 307: La Carbonería, Barcelona: 

David Stevens heads to the Catalan capital of Barcelona to visit a historic building that offers a fresh perspective on one of its long-hidden façades.

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55212 May 2022
30 min

ULI Europe Conference: the future of cities: 

We’re in Brussels reporting from the Urban Land Institute’s Europe Conference and Young Leaders Forum to explore the emerging trends for cities and what comes next.

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9 May 2022
4 min

Tall Stories 306: Fort Jesus, Mombasa: 

Samson Mbogo visits Kenya’s Fort Jesus, a Unesco heritage site that is both a major tourist attraction and a symbol of a much darker history.

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5515 May 2022
30 min

Global snapshots and city stories: 

We flick through a few city snapshots and discuss some stories that we have been following from around the globe.

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2 May 2022
4 min

Tall Stories 305: Sesc Pompéia, São Paulo: 

Monocle’s Ivan Carvalho looks at a remarkable piece of architecture designed by Lina Bo Bardi, whose efforts to preserve an oil-drum factory in the middle of Brazil’s biggest city resulted in a refined design that meets the needs of the community.

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55028 Apr 2022
30 min

Housing design: 

We look at the different ways in which cities are bringing innovative designs to their new housing stock to ensure that growing urban populations have a place that they can be proud to call home.

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25 Apr 2022
5 min

Tall Stories 304: The Red Fort, New Delhi: 

Geetanjali Krishna looks at the Red Fort in Delhi – and the claim to its ownership by a woman purporting to be the oldest surviving descendant of India’s last Mughal emperor.

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54921 Apr 2022
30 min

Lessons from history: 

What lessons can cities learn from the past? We discuss Leonardo da Vinci’s plans for the ideal city, sketched after a pandemic; revisit the pneumatic tube system; and re-examine the humble drinking fountain.

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18 Apr 2022
10 min

Tall Stories 303: Jerusalem International YMCA: 

Emily Wither visits one of the world’s most stunning YMCA buildings to explore how the space has helped to bring together a divided city.

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54814 Apr 2022
30 min

Helsinki report, part two: Innovation: 

How Helsinki is creating more liveable spaces, the latest technology being rolled out by Kone and we visit an active mine 200 metres below ground, which is now used as a testing laboratory for high-rise buildings.

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11 Apr 2022
4 min

Tall Stories 302: French Communist Party headquarters, Paris: 

Hester Underhill visits a strange subterranean building in the French capital designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.

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5477 Apr 2022
30 min

Helsinki report, part one: Sustainability: 

Climate change is the biggest threat to our cities. Helsinki has set the ambitious target to be carbon-neutral by 2030, a goal matched by global engineering firm KONE. Monocle 24’s Carlota Rebelo reports from Finland.

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4 Apr 2022
6 min

Tall Stories 301: Bonus Facciate, Milan: 

Ed Stocker examines Milan’s recent obsession with building renovations and the tax incentives behind it.

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54631 Mar 2022
30 min

Cleaner transport: 

What are some of the ways in which cities are ensuring that transport systems join the green revolution? We look at the electrification of buses, the return of a cable car in Zagreb and a subway expansion in Stockholm.

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