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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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Small Cities:

They’re not for everyone but the best small cities can have life-enhancing advantages. Living in them isn’t only about space, comfort and affordability – but a more community-minded feel too.

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20 Jan 2020
5 min

Tall Stories 190: Nonbei Yokocho, Tokyo: 

This week we head to the alleyways of Shibuya in Japan’s capital to learn how small coincidences can make seemingly impenetrable cities feel a little more welcoming.

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43116 Jan 2020
30 min

Small Cities: 

They’re not for everyone but the best small cities can have life-enhancing advantages. Living in them isn’t only about space, comfort and affordability – but a more community-minded feel too.

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13 Jan 2020
5 min

Tall Stories 189: Happy Foot Sad Foot: 

This week Monocle’s Carlota Rebelo takes us to the neighbourhood of Silver Lake in Los Angeles to share the story of an unassuming city icon: a rotating sign outside a foot clinic.

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4309 Jan 2020
30 min

Transit maps: 

How does the design of a transit map help to define a city? Our host Andrew Tuck is joined by three experts and enthusiasts in the field to discuss provenance and progression in the way we chart our transport lines – from London’s Tube to New York’s subway.

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6 Jan 2020
5 min

Tall Stories 188: HoHo Wien, Vienna: 

We visit HoHo Wien – one of the world’s tallest wooden skyscrapers. Towering 84 metres above northeast Vienna, this new wooden structure is being hailed as a “lighthouse project” of sustainable living.

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4292 Jan 2020
30 min

Best of Tall Stories 2019: 

We take a whirlwind trip around the world before returning home to London in our look back at the best of our Tall Stories series in 2019.

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42826 Dec 2019
30 min

Best of 2019: 

Monocle’s Andrew Tuck runs through some of the highlights of 2019 on The Urbanist, including the thoughts of Los Angeles’ chief sustainability officer, a tour of the city of Cayenne and a discussion with architect Alfredo Brillembourg.

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42719 Dec 2019
30 min

Smart ideas: 

Technology plays a huge role in our relationship with cities: from simple things such as being able to pay for your subway ride with your phone to more serious efforts such as using drones to help keep protests peaceful.

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16 Dec 2019
5 min

Tall Stories 187: Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi: 

This week we head to Finnish Lapland, regarded as the home of Santa Claus, to see what life is like in a town where it’s Christmas all year round.

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42612 Dec 2019
30 min

Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz: 

We meet Puerto Rican politician Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan and an outspoken critic of President Trump’s handling of the aftermath of hurricanes Maria and Irma.

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9 Dec 2019
4 min

Tall Stories 186: The Doorbell: 

Monocle’s Georgina Godwin takes us from Harare to London to explore the significance of the humble doorbell – and how its chimes can become soundtracks to the various episodes of our lives.

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4255 Dec 2019
30 min

Comedy and urbanism: 

Laughter is often the best way to deal with complex issues so it’s no wonder that it can make city living more agreeable. This week we explore how humour can be found in the built environment.

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2 Dec 2019
3 min

Tall Stories 185: Ghosts: 

Andrew Tuck contemplates the urban apparitions that bring a sense of belonging to the cities in which we live.

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42428 Nov 2019
30 min

Kindness: 

Can a city be kind? And how do citizens, activists and civic organisations show they care about building friendly places?

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25 Nov 2019
5 min

Tall Stories 184: Bank of Georgia, Tbilisi: 

We visit the Bank of Georgia’s Tbilisi HQ: a unique building that takes its design cues from the ‘Space City’ concept, aiming to cover less ground and give the surrounding area back to nature.

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