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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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Land reclamation and prizes:

What are the logistical aspects of creating land? We discover the Netherlands’ approach to land reclamation and examine the rise and fall of London’s Garden Bridge. Plus: in Austria even terrible, awful, unplanned architecture gets rewarded.

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30517 Aug 2017
30 min

Land reclamation and prizes: 

What are the logistical aspects of creating land? We discover the Netherlands’ approach to land reclamation and examine the rise and fall of London’s Garden Bridge. Plus: in Austria even terrible, awful, unplanned architecture gets rewarded.

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14 Aug 2017
5 min

Tall Stories 69: Bijlmerbajes: 

The Bijlmerbajes in south Amsterdam was designed as a humane prison when it opened in 1978 but in recent years it has taken on a new life: it is now a creative hub for locals and refugees alike.

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30410 Aug 2017
26 min

River crossing: 

Bridges are meant to make our cities better connected but sometimes they highlight existing divides. We explore two very different examples in Lisbon and Budapest. Plus: a special report exploring the outskirts of London.

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7 Aug 2017
7 min

Tall Stories 68: Montreal’s Olympic Stadium: 

Following the news that Montreal’s Olympic Stadium is to be transformed into a welcome centre for asylum seekers, our Toronto bureau chief Tomos Lewis tells the story of one of the city’s most famed structures.

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3033 Aug 2017
31 min

Urban Resilience Summit: 

Highlights and insights from this year’s Urban Resilience Summit by the 100 Resilient Cities network, which assembled more than 500 urban leaders, practitioners and city activists in New York.

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31 Jul 2017
8 min

Tall Stories 67: the Alberta Legislature: 

This government building that sits just across the river downtown is a postcard for the city. Monocle​’s Sheena Rossiter takes us on a trip to learn​ ​the history behind the iconic building and what it means to her as a native​ ​Edmontonian.

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30227 Jul 2017
30 min

Faith: 

On this week’s episode we look at how religion has shaped our cities: be it how communities gather, influencing popular culture or impacting the levels of pollution.

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24 Jul 2017
6 min

Tall Stories 66: Santa Maria dello Spasimo: 

Construction of this church began in 1509 – and is yet to be completed. The structure is still missing a roof but that’s not necessarily a bad thing: come night-time it is an architectural feature that makes it all the more fascinating.

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30120 Jul 2017
24 min

Participatory urbanism : 

Join us! A city can only evolve in the right way when citizens and communities are engaged in how changes should take place.

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17 Jul 2017
4 min

Tall Stories 65: Moscow’s fluff : 

Moscow has been hit by such unseasonable weather this summer that people won’t be surprised if it starts snowing tomorrow. But amid all this chaos there’s one thing that’s reassuringly consistent: poplar fluff.

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30013 Jul 2017
30 min

Gardens, integration and pollution: 

Making a concrete jungle greener in Brazil, using a new library to promote integration in Toronto and how a bike can suck in air pollution and pump out clean air.

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10 Jul 2017
4 min

Tall Stories 64: Cycling through Amsterdam: 

Monocle’s Joleen Goffin hops on her bicycle and takes control of the road as she tells us about the joys of cycling in Amsterdam.

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2996 Jul 2017
22 min

Temporary: 

We hear all about the new temporary parliament in Vienna, discover how a temporary pavilion can improve public life and create a community, and ask if pop-up retail spaces can change the way we shop.

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3 Jul 2017
5 min

Tall Stories 63: Diário de Notícias building: 

For this week’s edition of Tall Stories, The Urbanist’s Carlota Rebelo tells us the story of Lisbon’s Diário de Notícias building, the country's first purpose-built newsroom.

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29829 Jun 2017
29 min

Resite 2017, part two: 

We bring you interviews with the mayor of Prague, Adriana Krnacova; architects David Bravo and Ivan Kucina; lighting designer Leni Schwendinger; and city architect for Warsaw, Marlena Happach.

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