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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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Toronto’s mayoral election:

As Toronto gears up to elect a new mayor, we bring you a special edition unpacking the key issues. Plus: interviews with the candidates: incumbent John Tory and former chief city-planner Jennifer Keesmaat.

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36618 Oct 2018
30 min

Toronto’s mayoral election: 

As Toronto gears up to elect a new mayor, we bring you a special edition unpacking the key issues. Plus: interviews with the candidates: incumbent John Tory and former chief city-planner Jennifer Keesmaat.

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15 Oct 2018
6 min

Tall Stories 128: Y-Block: 

We’re in Oslo to hear the story of a former government building left in limbo since the 2011 terrorist attacks. But many argue in favour of its architectural value, mainly due to the large mural on its façade designed by Pablo Picasso.

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36511 Oct 2018
30 min

Cities on screen: 

From sci-fi to rom-coms and beyond, we cast our gaze to the silver screen to get some notes on how to build our cities right, plus a bit of set-jetting too.

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8 Oct 2018
5 min

Tall Stories 127: Community cinemas: 

Despite the arrival of streaming services and multiplex theatres, good independent cinemas are thriving. This week we examine the charm – and power – of the community cinema.

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3644 Oct 2018
30 min

Highlights: 

This week we raid our archive and bring you a special highlight episode: we discover how Albania has cracked down on organised crime, why violent crime rates have been dropping in the US and much more.

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1 Oct 2018
7 min

Tall Stories 126: Millennium Dome: 

This bold urban project was designed to usher the UK into the third millennium but it didn't quite go according to plan.

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36327 Sep 2018
30 min

On the move: 

It’s the last instalment of our series unpacking ‘The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities’. This week we turn our focus to mobility.

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24 Sep 2018
4 min

Tall Stories 125: Helsinki Central Railway Station: 

With 200,000 passengers a day, Helsinki Central Railway Station is Finland’s most visited building. But its significance for the Nordic nation lies in much more than just the people who travel through its doors.

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36220 Sep 2018
30 min

Work & the city: 

We continue to unpack our new book, ‘The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities’. This week we turn our focus to chapter 7, looking at the places where we work.

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17 Sep 2018
7 min

Tall Stories 124: The Melnikov House: 

Konstantin Melnikov’s most significant building was the house he built for himself in 1929. It remained in the Melnikov family for decades until, in 2014 after much legal wrangling, it was taken over by the Moscow Museum of Architecture.

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36113 Sep 2018
30 min

Building Better Cities: Barcelona: 

We continue to explore the pages of ‘The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities’. This week we’re off to the Catalonian capital to hear how the city has changed through the years and what lessons it has learned for the future.

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10 Sep 2018
11 min

Tall Stories 123: Rowley, Canada: 

After being a ghost town for decades, Rowley in central Alberta has been reinvented. With old Western-style buildings still intact, it has become a quirky spot in the middle of the Canadian prairies and an open-air museum of sorts.

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3606 Sep 2018
30 min

Building better cities: essays: 

All this month we’re dedicating the show to chapters from our new book: ‘The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities’. We start off with a series of essays that look at some of the challenges our urban areas face and how cities would be nothing without the people who inhabit them.

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3 Sep 2018
4 min

Tall Stories 122: Peckham Rye: 

Peckham Rye has long been a source of inspiration to artists and writers; in this week’s Tall Stories we explore the history and atmosphere of the London park where William Blake once saw angels and to which Muriel Spark summoned devils.

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35930 Aug 2018
30 min

Rediscovering London: 

There is something magical about finding an old photo of a familiar place and seeing how much it has changed. It is a powerful reminder of the life that unfolded on the streets long before you arrived.

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