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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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Work & the city:

We continue to unpack our new book, ‘The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities’. This week we turn our focus to chapter 7, looking at the places where we work.

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24 Sep 2018
4 min

Tall Stories 125: Helsinki Central Railway Station: 

With 200,000 passengers a day, Helsinki Central Railway Station is Finland’s most visited building. But its significance for the Nordic nation lies in much more than just the people who travel through its doors.

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36220 Sep 2018
30 min

Work & the city: 

We continue to unpack our new book, ‘The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities’. This week we turn our focus to chapter 7, looking at the places where we work.

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17 Sep 2018
7 min

Tall Stories 124: The Melnikov House: 

Konstantin Melnikov’s most significant building was the house he built for himself in 1929. It remained in the Melnikov family for decades until, in 2014 after much legal wrangling, it was taken over by the Moscow Museum of Architecture.

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36113 Sep 2018
30 min

Building Better Cities: Barcelona: 

We continue to explore the pages of ‘The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities’. This week we’re off to the Catalonian capital to hear how the city has changed through the years and what lessons it has learned for the future.

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10 Sep 2018
11 min

Tall Stories 123: Rowley, Canada: 

After being a ghost town for decades, Rowley in central Alberta has been reinvented. With old Western-style buildings still intact, it has become a quirky spot in the middle of the Canadian prairies and an open-air museum of sorts.

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3606 Sep 2018
30 min

Building better cities: essays: 

All this month we’re dedicating the show to chapters from our new book: ‘The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities’. We start off with a series of essays that look at some of the challenges our urban areas face and how cities would be nothing without the people who inhabit them.

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3 Sep 2018
4 min

Tall Stories 122: Peckham Rye: 

Peckham Rye has long been a source of inspiration to artists and writers; in this week’s Tall Stories we explore the history and atmosphere of the London park where William Blake once saw angels and to which Muriel Spark summoned devils.

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35930 Aug 2018
30 min

Rediscovering London: 

There is something magical about finding an old photo of a familiar place and seeing how much it has changed. It is a powerful reminder of the life that unfolded on the streets long before you arrived.

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27 Aug 2018
8 min

Tall Stories 121: Toronto: The Bentway: 

Monocle’s Toronto bureau chief shows us around The Bentway, a newly opened public area for the city under the Gardiner Expressway.

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35823 Aug 2018
30 min

Urban thoughts: 

We tour a new exhibition shining a light on Jerusalem, meet the architecture duo building libraries to bring the community together and ask: if everyone else was giving up their data, would you do it too?

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20 Aug 2018
3 min

Tall Stories 120: Hyde Park’s Mastaba: 

Monocle editor Andrew Tuck takes us on a stroll through London’s Hyde Park to visit a structure floating in the Serpentine: the Mastaba.

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35716 Aug 2018
28 min

Book club: 

We profile two new books: Alexandra Langue’s ‘The Design of Childhood’ and Kelvin Campbell’s ‘Making Massive Small Change’.

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13 Aug 2018
6 min

Tall Stories 119: Fritz Wotruba: 

Far away from the splendours of Vienna’s historic city centre lies a stupendous piece of architecture. It’s all concrete and glass, and it would be a perfect example of brutalist architecture were it not more of a sculpture than a building.

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3569 Aug 2018
30 min

Privacy: 

Our thoughts on what should be private or off-limits are changing in every aspect of our lives, including the way we inhabit cities.

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6 Aug 2018
5 min

Tall Stories 118: Domino Park: 

Monocle’s Ed Stocker takes us to the Williamsburg waterfront in New York, where a new space has just opened to the public.

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