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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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The Chiefs conference:

We gathered some of the sharpest minds in hospitality and city living to discuss how the world should move forward. Topics ranged from urban forests to mobility, the future of the office and tips from the mayor of Athens.

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46924 Sep 2020
30 min

The Chiefs conference: 

We gathered some of the sharpest minds in hospitality and city living to discuss how the world should move forward. Topics ranged from urban forests to mobility, the future of the office and tips from the mayor of Athens.

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21 Sep 2020
4 min

Tall Stories 225: Teufelsberg, Berlin: 

Monocle’s Kimberly Bradley visits a Cold War-era spy base to investigate the secrets buried beneath.

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46817 Sep 2020
30 min

Designing for health: 

As cities begin to plan for the future, we look at how urban designers can cater for public health. We also head to New York to see how the city is protecting the welfare of its most vulnerable residents.

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14 Sep 2020
7 min

Tall Stories 223: The Kowloon Ventilation Building, Hong Kong: 

We look to one of the more mundane structures in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District that still manages to catch the eye from across the water.

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46710 Sep 2020
30 min

Beirut: after the blast: 

Just over a month after the explosion that shook the Lebanese capital, we assess the damage, reflect on the causes and muse on the future for this bruised and battered city.

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7 Sep 2020
4 min

Tall Stories 223: Korcula, Croatia: 

We climb the stairs to a small Croatian town where canny street design harnesses the best – and quells the worst – that the coastal winds have to offer.

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4643 Sep 2020
30 min

Cultural capital: 

We explore a recent documentary on regeneration through the arts and see how the 2020 European capital of culture is fighting back against a tumultuous year. Plus: a look at the growing trend of mass timber construction.

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31 Aug 2020
7 min

Tall Stories 222: Werkbundsiedlung Wien: 

We visit the Werkbundsiedlung in western Vienna, a little-known gem of early 20-century modernism.

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46327 Aug 2020
30 min

Best-laid plans: 

We look at the world of urban planning to see how the future is shaping up for the industry.

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24 Aug 2020
6 min

Tall Stories 221: Dawson’s Heights, London: 

We head to South London to visit an impressive housing estate where there’s a growing sense of community.

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46220 Aug 2020
30 min

Sound and the city: 

Does your city have a sound? This week we explore sound and the city, including how it changed during the past few months as the world went into lockdown.

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17 Aug 2020
3 min

Tall Stories 220: Zürich’s badis: 

Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco takes the plunge into one of Zürich’s lakeside public baths.

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46113 Aug 2020
30 min

Climate transition: 

We look at ways in which our cities can lead the charge in transitioning to a better future for our natural world.

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10 Aug 2020
6 min

Tall Stories 219: Prospect Cottage, Dungeness: 

Monocle 24’s Mae-Li Evans heads to the UK’s only desert to visit a humble cottage and its garden that stand steadfast among the shingle.

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4606 Aug 2020
30 min

Big Interview: Douglas Cardinal: 

Andrew Tuck sits down with Douglas Cardinal, one of Canada’s most respected architects and still an inspiring voice at the age of 86.

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