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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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Letters from the city:

How a city handles a pandemic reveals much about its character. As urban centres around the world begin to reopen, Monocle’s correspondents send us letters from their own outposts.

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25 May 2020
4 min

Tall Stories 208: Ta Prosfygika, Athens: 

Venetia Rainey takes us to visit an apartment complex in Athens that still displays many scars from its eventful past.

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44921 May 2020
30 min

Letters from the city: 

How a city handles a pandemic reveals much about its character. As urban centres around the world begin to reopen, Monocle’s correspondents send us letters from their own outposts.

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18 May 2020
4 min

Tall Stories 207: Deutsches Haus, Ho Chi Minh City: 

James Chambers brings us the story of a building complex in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City that forms a symbol of relations between Vietnam and Germany.

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44814 May 2020
30 min

Coronavirus and mobility: 

The pandemic has reshaped the way that we move around our cities. Public transport usage is at an all-time low, cycling is on the rise and pedestrians have been reclaiming the streets and pavements. Could this be an opportunity for actual change in the places we live?

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11 May 2020
8 min

Tall Stories 206: The Internet of Nature: 

Nadinè Galle tells us about her work on the ‘Internet of Nature’ and how much we can learn from the biological networks that exist in our cities.

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4477 May 2020
30 min

Our relationship with food: 

We are joined by author Carolyn Steel to assess how we interact with food and what we might do after the pandemic to improve our relationship with what we eat.

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4 May 2020
3 min

Tall Stories 205: The corner shop: 

Monocle’s Nic Monisse takes us on a stroll to his neighbourhood corner shop to pick up some milk, eggs – and a little bit of gossip.

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44630 Apr 2020
30 min

The public realm: 

As some countries start to relax restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic, we assess how our view of the public realm has changed – and how it might look in the future.

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27 Apr 2020
5 min

Tall Stories 204: The balcony: 

Chiara Rimella laments the absence of a house feature that’s common in her native Italy but sadly missing from many of the UK’s architectural plans.

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44523 Apr 2020
30 min

Big interview: Jan Gehl: 

Andrew Tuck brings you a special interview with Jan Gehl, perhaps the world’s best-known urban designer. Now 83, he’s waiting this pandemic out while isolating at home, enjoying spring from his garden. Sometimes all you need to steady your outlook is someone with a longer vision than yourself.

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20 Apr 2020
5 min

Tall Stories 203: Argumento, Rio de Janeiro: 

Our Latin America correspondent Lucinda Elliott takes us to a bookshop in Ipanema that just celebrated its 40th birthday and remains an important hub for Rio’s book-loving residents.

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44416 Apr 2020
30 min

New normal: 

As cities rapidly adapt to the new realities of coronavirus, we continue to unpack the impact of those changes on urban living.

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13 Apr 2020
8 min

Tall Stories 202: Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna: 

We take a look behind the fanciful façades of Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace and chat with one of its residents to see what it’s like to live like an emperor.

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4439 Apr 2020
30 min

In praise of our cities: 

We ask our housebound editors and correspondents across the globe to reflect on what they cherish about the places in which they live and to pen a love letter to their cities.

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6 Apr 2020
4 min

Tall Stories 201: Plattenbauten, Berlin: 

We assess the unmissable Plattenbauten, a quick-to-construct building style that took off in Berlin after the Second World War.

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