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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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Let’s get moving:

We get a return ticket to one of the most important themes covered on ‘The Urbanist’ – mobility. As cities push to be less dependent on cars and promote public transport, we look at three outposts to see what they are getting right.

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23 Apr 2018
7 min

Tall Stories 103: The Prince Charles Cinema: 

Almost every cinema is adopting a new gimmick in the hope of standing out from the crowd. But one cinema in London has such a unique history that it’s become as much of a cult hit as the films it presents.

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34019 Apr 2018
30 min

Let’s get moving: 

We get a return ticket to one of the most important themes covered on ‘The Urbanist’ – mobility. As cities push to be less dependent on cars and promote public transport, we look at three outposts to see what they are getting right.

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16 Apr 2018
6 min

Tall Stories 102: Ronnie Scott’s: 

Ronnie Scott’s has been bringing some of the best jazz performers and singers to London since 1959. This week, our own Daphne Karnezis peeks behind the curtain to tell us the story of one of Soho’s most iconic venues.

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33912 Apr 2018
30 min

Turning off the tap: 

Cape Town was set to run out of drinkable water in less than 10 days from now. But as the city narrowly avoided the dreaded “Day Zero”, it has ignited a worldwide debate about the issue and how to ensure this won’t happen in the near future elsewhere.

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9 Apr 2018
5 min

Tall Stories 101: Record shops: 

Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco looks at the enduring appeal of record shops and how they can define cities. From music megastores to that cosy record shop, he muses on the main challenges of music stores today.

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3385 Apr 2018
30 min

Animal spirits: 

This week is all about animals and cities: from backyard chickens to birdwatching and even entrepreneurs making life easier for your furry friend. Plus: how can we design our public spaces in a more animal-friendly way?

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2 Apr 2018
3 min

Tall Stories 100: London’s National Theatre: 

Our editor Andrew Tuck takes us to London’s National Theatre, a brutalist wonder built by the architect Sir Denys Lasdun.

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33729 Mar 2018
30 min

Reclaiming the streets: 

Politics and city living are intertwined – and there’s no better place to witness it than at a demonstration. Be it a students’ march, silent walkout or pro-immigration protest, it’s about coming together in a public space for a rallying cry that screams “enough!”.

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26 Mar 2018
4 min

Tall Stories 99: Brussels' Kanal: 

In 2023 a new museum for modern and contemporary art is coming to Brussels​. We ask whether architecture ​and good design can bring new life to ​the Belgium capital.​

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33622 Mar 2018
30 min

Was that on purpose?: 

Around the world you’ll find examples of cities that were built to order. Because whether it’s a megalomaniac’s metropolis in the middle of the desert or a new administrative capital for a reviving nation, there’s something appealing about starting from scratch.

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19 Mar 2018
4 min

Tall Stories 98: Austria’s Kaiserlinden: 

This week we look at the Kaiserlinden: imperial trees planted in the heyday of the Austro-Hungarian empire at the end of the 19th century. Protected by the government, they are important political symbols of past glories.

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33515 Mar 2018
30 min

Urban crime: 

The city has often been seen as a place where bad things happen – especially crime. And while many are still the backdrop against which murderers, robbers and fraudsters commit their offences, cities have actually become much safer in recent years.

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12 Mar 2018
6 min

Tall Stories 97: Newport’s Transporter Bridge: 

From film appearances to miner takeovers, Newport’s Transporter Bridge has had a turbulent century at the heart of South Wales. Monocle’s George McDonagh, a native of the area, profiles of the iconic structure.

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3348 Mar 2018
30 min

From grey to green: 

Cities are some of the world’s biggest polluters so how should we reimagine urban living to tackle climate change? We bring you a special report from the CitiesIPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, where we met scientists, global leaders and policymakers who are trying to make city living greener.

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5 Mar 2018
5 min

Tall Stories 96: Marrakech’s Jardin Secret: 

Monocle’s Chiara Rimella reveals the secrets behind Marrakech’s plant-filled courtyards – and tells us why this city could become a haven for gardens like the peaceful Jardin Secret.

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