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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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Grand tour:

This week we head to Cairo to talk about how good design has helped the city change for the better, chat with Brazil’s tourism minister Marx Beltrão and catch up with Buenos Aires mayor Horacio Rodriguez Larreta.

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5 Dec 2016
00:04:00

Tall Stories 35: Trafalgar Square’s Christmas tree: 

As nations around the globe get into the festive season, our Business editor Matt Alagiah takes a look at one of the UK’s most established and deeply symbolic Christmas traditions: the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree.

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2681 Dec 2016
00:30:00

Grand tour: 

This week we head to Cairo to talk about how good design has helped the city change for the better, chat with Brazil’s tourism minister Marx Beltrão and catch up with Buenos Aires mayor Horacio Rodriguez Larreta.

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28 Nov 2016
00:04:08

Tall Stories 34: take a dive: 

Fernando Augusto Pacheco tells us all about his love affair with swimming pools, from his native São Paulo to his community pool in London's Soho.

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26724 Nov 2016
00:30:00

All aboard – choo, choo!: 

The city that is bringing back trains from the late 1950s, an award-winning station with no town and how Austria is aiming to become Europe’s largest night-train operator.

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21 Nov 2016
00:05:13

Tall Stories 33: Zurich’s drinking fountains: 

Switzerland’s largest city might be best known as a global centre for banking and finance but a quick glance at Zürich’s streets can tell a different story: the city is home to about 1,200 drinking fountains.

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26617 Nov 2016
00:27:31

CityLab 2016, part 2: 

We continue our coverage of this year’s edition of CityLab, which brings together the world’s top mayors, urban leaders and innovators. Featuring the Good Chance Theatre in Calais, how Los Angeles is looking to transform its transport, a chat about housing with the mayor of Seattle, Ed Murray, and a new report by the McKinsey Global Institute.

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14 Nov 2016
00:04:39

Tall Stories 32: Trump Tower: 

As the world reacts to Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US presidential elections, our New York bureau chief Ed Stocker takes a stroll along 5th Avenue to examine Trump Tower.

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26510 Nov 2016
00:30:00

CityLab 2016: 

We report from CityLab 2016, a two-and-a-half day summit that has gathered the world’s top mayors, urban leaders and innovators for a series of conversations on ideas that are shaping our planet’s urban centres.

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7 Nov 2016
00:04:57

Tall Stories 31: The Kingsway: 

It was a road that was designed to deliver some imperial swagger to London but today there’s something depressing about The Kingsway. Wouldn’t it have been better if the Edwardians had left us a knot of alleys and streets instead?

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2643 Nov 2016
00:30:00

Water: 

We learn how Unesco is trying to save Thailand’s landmarks from floods, discover Seattle’s innovative way of catching stormwater and head to Lesotho to profile Africa’s biggest water-transfer project. Plus: ‘Water: California’, a new photo series by photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz, commissioned by the Syngenta Photography Award.

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31 Oct 2016
00:05:04

Tall Stories 30: urban fox: 

A fox is perhaps the most famous form of urban wildlife, with an estimated 30,000 living in towns and cities across the UK. On this week’s ‘Tall Stories’ our contributing editor Andrew Mueller puts on his fluffy tail and explores what goes on in the mind of a fox that lives in the city.

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26327 Oct 2016
00:30:00

City animals: 

We meet some friendly otters in Singapore, go on a night out with some Spanish bats and board a plane via JFK’s new animal terminal, the Ark. Plus: falcon-spotting in London with the ‘grandmother of peregrines’.

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24 Oct 2016
00:04:11

Tall Stories 29: London’s protected views: 

We uncover the system of protected views that continues to stymie London’s vertical growth.

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26220 Oct 2016
00:30:00

Hit the john!: 

There’s very little glamour in the way cities get rid of human waste. But it is important to see how they are doing this around the world: from loos at the carnival in Rio de Janeiro and the new public facilities in Madrid to a public toilet playing classical music in Vienna.

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17 Oct 2016
00:05:04

Tall Stories 28: Honest Ed's: 

We take a tour of one of Toronto’s most fabled discount department stores, first opened in 1948.

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