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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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Beirut Design Week 2018:

Beirut’s Design Week wants to encourage designers and planners to engage more in solving the city’s many urban issues. So can some tactical urbanism improve quality of life in the Lebanese capital?

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35319 Jul 2018
30 min

Beirut Design Week 2018: 

Beirut’s Design Week wants to encourage designers and planners to engage more in solving the city’s many urban issues. So can some tactical urbanism improve quality of life in the Lebanese capital?

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16 Jul 2018
3 min

Tall Stories 115: London’s pedway: 

This week our editor Andrew Tuck goes cycling in London to bring us an elevated experience.

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35212 Jul 2018
30 min

Time to cool it: 

We take a step back, look at the life unfolding around us and ask: have our cities become a little too orderly?

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9 Jul 2018
6 min

Tall Stories 114: Il Quadrilatero: 

This week we’re in the Adriatic port city of Trieste, where Monocle’s Alexei Korolyov has been to visit a brutalist council home with a troubled history.

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3515 Jul 2018
30 min

Cities on the rise: 

This week we’re in the Irish port city of Cork for the Academy of Urbanism’s annual congress. The focus of this year’s edition is as much about unlocking the potential of so-called second cities as it is about tackling the challenges posed by the bigger ones.

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2 Jul 2018
6 min

Tall Stories 113: Ridley Road Market: 

As the gentrification of London accelerates, is it possible to achieve a symbiotic relationship between locals and newcomers? This week we delve deep into one of Hackney’s oldest markets to find out how much has changed.

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35028 Jun 2018
30 min

Zürich special: 

A special edition of the show as we broadcast from our new bureau in the city. Reports include a closer look at the lake, Zürich’s relationship with noise and why you should venture to the northern reaches of the city.

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25 Jun 2018
5 min

Tall Stories 112: Rote Fabrik: 

Originally built in 1892, this former factory was due for demolition in the 1970s but was saved by local campaigners. It now stands proudly next to Lake Zürich as a cultural hub.

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34921 Jun 2018
30 min

Resite 2018: 

We report from the Resite conference in Prague and explore the theme: ‘accommodate’. From businesses, to homes and people: how should cities be planned to ensure there is enough space for everyone? Featuring Jeanne Gang, Sou Fujimoto, Elizabeth Streb and Dara Huang.

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18 Jun 2018
8 min

Tall Stories 111: the Walt Disney Concert Hall: 

Standing proudly in downtown Los Angeles, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is difficult to miss. The complex may fool you at first with its sharp stainless steel edges but once inside the tone changes and it becomes warm and inviting.

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34814 Jun 2018
30 min

Football and urbanism: 

From floating pitches to the importance of stadiums to their cities, as fans around the world prepare for kick-off in Russia, we take a broader look at the role that football can play in bringing people together.

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11 Jun 2018
7 min

Tall Stories 110: Seoul: 

This week our correspondent Jason Strother delves into the history of Seoul to explore what keeps this vibrant city afloat.

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3477 Jun 2018
30 min

Smart cities and housing: 

We speak to Jonathan Woetzel from the McKinsey Global Institute to hear how we can use technology to improve our quality of life. Plus: commuting between Austria and Slovakia and the global chairman of the Urban Land Institute.

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4 Jun 2018
5 min

Tall Stories 109: Merihaka : 

This week we head to Helsinki to hear the story of the brutalist high-rise Merihaka: one of the city's most unloved buildings.

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34631 May 2018
30 min

Venice Biennale and more: 

We report from the Venice Biennale 2018 where we sit down for a chat with the architect David Chipperfield and also with Helsinki’s mayor Jan Vapaavuori. We also meet the architect running for mayor of Bratislava and find out what he might bring to the table.

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