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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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In praise of the city airport:

Bigger planes and more flights have forced many cities to move their key airport far from the centre. But there is something special about watching the city from above as you land in what feels like the middle of it. This week we ask what makes a great city airport.

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39218 Apr 2019
30 min

In praise of the city airport: 

Bigger planes and more flights have forced many cities to move their key airport far from the centre. But there is something special about watching the city from above as you land in what feels like the middle of it. This week we ask what makes a great city airport.

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15 Apr 2019
3 min

Tall Stories 152: Portland’s Koin Center: 

Built in 1984, this art deco-style tower by the Hawthorne bridge is one of the most recognisable buildings in the city’s skyline.

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39111 Apr 2019
30 min

Shouting from the rooftops: 

We explore the many options for urban-rooftop spaces. From city agriculture to solar power, drinking and dining to drone parking, we go through some potential plans for your next upper-level project.

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8 Apr 2019
6 min

Tall Stories 151: the Otto-Wagner Hospital: 

A psychiatric hospital built by the giant of 20th-century Austrian architecture, Otto Wagner, is now due to vacate the premises to make way for apartments and a university.

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3904 Apr 2019
30 min

What’s new?: 

We find out why Amsterdam wants to reclaim more than 11,000 car-parking spaces, how a Paris suburb is limbering up for the 2024 Olympic Games, get a dose of immersive tourism in Sarajevo and a look at Chicago’s newly elected mayor.

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1 Apr 2019
5 min

Tall Stories 150: Pittsburgh’s bridges: 

This week we head to the steel powerhouse of Pittsburgh, which happens to be the proud home of 446 bridges.

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38928 Mar 2019
30 min

Affordable housing: 

We look at Helsinki’s model of mixed housing, Cairo’s plan to end all slum dwellings by the end of the year and hear why the state of California is suing some of its own cities over affordability.

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25 Mar 2019
5 min

Tall Stories 149: Sick-building syndrome: 

This week we look at this poorly understood phenomenon, spotlighting Alexander Fleming House in London by modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger.

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38821 Mar 2019
30 min

New projects: 

We look at Hong Kong’s Lantau Tomorrow Vision project, hear about a new all-female ride-sharing company in São Paulo and more.

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18 Mar 2019
3 min

Tall Stories 148: LA’s Spring Street bike lane: 

This week we hear from Christopher Hawthorne, the LA Times' longtime architecture critic and now Los Angeles’ chief design officer. He Holds forth on how Hollywood's influence can be seen in everything, right down to the colour of the bike lanes on Downtown's Spring Street.

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38714 Mar 2019
30 min

Urban wildlife: 

This week we look at urban wildlife across the globe – and how people feel about it. Hear about kangaroos in Canberra, weasels in Cairo and even scorpions in São Paulo.

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11 Mar 2019
7 min

Tall Stories 147: Vienna and Joseph Stalin: 

Many monuments to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin quickly dismantled or destroyed after his death. Today Vienna is home to the only remaining memorial to the communist leader in western Europe.

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3867 Mar 2019
30 min

Shared mobility : 

Electric scooters take over the cobbles in Lisbon, car-sharing app Mobility4All is putting senior citizens first and New York’s mayor Bill de Blasio calls e-bikes one of his city’s biggest dangers.

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4 Mar 2019
5 min

Tall Stories 146: Michigan Building: 

This week we head to Detroit to hear the story of a parking garage housed inside an old theatre.

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38528 Feb 2019
30 min

Food & the city: 

What’s your city’s best-kept food secret? This week we sample a tasting menu across Europe to discover how different urban areas feel about food.

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