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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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Tall Stories 336: Golden Mile Complex, Singapore:

Naomi Xu Elegant explores one of Singapore’s most distinctive multi-use tower blocks and contemplates the building’s future.

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5 Dec 2022
4 min

Tall Stories 336: Golden Mile Complex, Singapore: 

Naomi Xu Elegant explores one of Singapore’s most distinctive multi-use tower blocks and contemplates the building’s future.

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5811 Dec 2022
30 min

‘Meanwhile City’ and Monocle’s Small Cities Index: 

We discuss temporary urban interventions with Petra Marko, author of ‘Meanwhile City’, and visit one of the pop-up projects that it describes. We also look at Bozeman, Montana, to see how it found itself in Monocle’s Small Cities Index in the latest edition of ‘The Forecast’.

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28 Nov 2022
6 min

Tall Stories 335: The Hancock, Boston: 

Jessica Bridger tells us the story of a beloved and iconic feature of the Boston skyline.

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58024 Nov 2022
30 min

The future of transit in California: 

What’s ahead for the way in which we get around in cities? We stop at Comotion LA to explore some new ideas and take a trip to San Diego to see how we can bolster the existing bus network.

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21 Nov 2022
8 min

Tall Stories 334: Harpa concert hall, Reykjavík: 

Tamsin Howard visits a concert hall in the Icelandic capital that tells the tales of the surrounding culture and landscape.

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57917 Nov 2022
30 min

Cop27: cities and climate: 

While much focus has been on nations and their commitments to curb emissions, cities have long been at the forefront of green innovation and clean mobility. Monocle’s Carlota Rebelo reports from Cop27 in Egypt.

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14 Nov 2022
7 min

Tall Stories 333: Water in Las Vegas: 

Journalist HJ Mai assesses how the US city in the desert, perhaps best known for excess, has become a role model for others during the ongoing water crisis.

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57810 Nov 2022
30 min

Taking out the trash: 

One person’s rubbish is another person’s treasure. This week we meet Vienna’s refuse collectors, Istanbul’s ‘eskicis’ and hear how Zagreb and Belgrade are addressing visual pollution in their cities.

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7 Nov 2022
5 min

Tall Stories 332: Jaipur, India: 

Geetanjali Krishna investigates how India’s Pink City got its name, and what effect the rosy hue has on residents today.

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5773 Nov 2022
30 min

Sharing is caring: 

Cities are better when shared. We look into The Phoenix, a new sustainable neighbourhood planned for the south of England; talk about co-operative housing in Zürich; and stop by a new co-living complex in Leuven.

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31 Oct 2022
9 min

Tall Stories 331: The Salk Institute, San Diego: 

Ivan Carvalho visits a Louis Kahn-designed laboratory that exemplifies science and aesthetics cohabiting in harmony.

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57627 Oct 2022
30 min

North American mayors: 

We check in on a few of the mayoral races taking place in North America that have caught our attention recently and speak to an incumbent mayor whose city plays a role in US national elections.

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24 Oct 2022
6 min

Tall Stories 330: Krater, Ljubljana: 

Guy De Launey visits a crater-like site in his neighbourhood that has become a showcase for sustainable construction techniques.

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57520 Oct 2022
30 min

Utopian Hours: Turin’s growing momentum: 

We wrap up our conference season at Utopian Hours festival in the north of Italy, where we get urban inspiration from seven speakers and investigate why Turin has seen a burst of creative city building in recent years.

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17 Oct 2022
6 min

Tall Stories 329: Edificio España, Madrid: 

Paul Logothetis visits one of Madrid’s historic skyscrapers, recently reborn as a hotel after lying dormant for more than a decade.

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