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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.

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All Olympic Games host cities must consider their legacy and whether the price of hosting is actually worth it. We look back to Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and more.

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20 Mar 2017
6 min

Tall Stories 48: the English pug and the French poodle: 

Monocle’s Toronto bureau chief, Tomos Lewis, takes us to Montréal to assess the significance of two bronze statues – of two pet pooches – that speak of the city’s past divisions and the promise of a unified future.

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28316 Mar 2017
30 min

On track?: 

All Olympic Games host cities must consider their legacy and whether the price of hosting is actually worth it. We look back to Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and more.

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13 Mar 2017
4 min

Tall Stories 47: park benches: 

This week we make our way to Regent’s Park to find traditional London park benches: wooden armrests at either end and wide enough to accommodate three ample backsides. Who doesn’t love a good park bench?

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2829 Mar 2017
27 min

Technology in the cities: 

From innovations in public lighting to what Madrid’s new Google Campus has done for the city, how has the digital revolution caught up with our cities? Plus: Vienna’s uneasy relationship with technology and a word from our Hong Kong bureau chief.

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6 Mar 2017
6 min

Tall Stories 46: Ikseon-dong: 

This week we head to Seoul to visit a neighbourhood that’s beaten the odds. Ikseon-dong was the country’s first real-estate development project back in the early 1930s – but there’s not much left in the city from that period.

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2812 Mar 2017
30 min

Positive migration: 

There are many ways to talk about migration and at a time when the debate is so divided, we highlight some of the projects and stories doing it the right way.

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27 Feb 2017
8 min

Tall Stories 45: Bratislava's Panelaky: 

Forty years of communist planning left an indelible architectural mark on Slovakia, with rows upon rows of shabby prefabricated blocks. By some estimates Slovakia is home to more of them than any other country in the former Soviet bloc. But a recent project in Bratislava has demonstrated that the outdated buildings can be updated to meet modern standards.

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28023 Feb 2017
30 min

Rethinking the city: 

In this special live episode of The Urbanist, Monocle editor Andrew Tuck hands over the floor to Arne Olsson, managing director of Folkhem, Martin Barry, founder of Resite, Elizabeth Reynolds, director of Urben and Nick Rees, architectural director of The Collective, who will discuss the future of the city.

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20 Feb 2017
5 min

Tall Stories 44: Pirelli Tower: 

We explore the 32-storey skyscraper that is one of Milan’s most influential pieces of modern architecture.

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27916 Feb 2017
30 min

Not so easy: 

City-building is tough – we try to imagine how tough it is in a secluded country such as North Korea. Meanwhile, Cairo plans to build a new administrative capital in the desert. Plus: what do fashion houses do for our cities?

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13 Feb 2017
6 min

Tall Stories 43: Hong Kong’s street names: 

Our Hong Kong bureau chief James Chambers gives us a snapshot of how the city’s historical ties with the UK can be seen all across its streets – and what that means for residents.

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2789 Feb 2017
28 min

What's in a name?: 

A name can be a very powerful thing for a city: it’s not only how people identify locations and buildings but one of the most important branding tools too. But what happens when a name simply stops working?

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6 Feb 2017
3 min

Tall Stories 42: London’s gas-lit lamps: 

This week we go on a stroll around London where about 1,500 gas-powered lamps, some more than 200 years old, still burn brightly.

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2772 Feb 2017
30 min

Sanctuary cities: 

During this past week the term “sanctuary city” has resurfaced – in great part thanks to Donald Trump. We unpack what a sanctuary city means, look at Europe for an example of integration and ask what should be done differently too.

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30 Jan 2017
5 min

Tall Stories 41: Ellis Island: 

For more than 60 years Ellis Island was the busiest immigrant inspection station in the US. We look at the space where more than 12 million immigrants got the opportunity to begin a new life.

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