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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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Looking ahead:

What role do technology giants play in urban planning? And what do you love the most about your city? Plus: an audio essay on Venice’s troubled relationship with water.

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11 Dec 2017
5 min

Tall Stories 86: New York’s evolution: 

We look at how New York has evolved over the past 100 years. While some might complain about lost grit and gentrification, our bureau chief in the city Ed Stocker feels that they are missing the point and that, in the end, a safer New York is a more open New York.

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3217 Dec 2017
30 min

Looking ahead: 

What role do technology giants play in urban planning? And what do you love the most about your city? Plus: an audio essay on Venice’s troubled relationship with water.

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4 Dec 2017
5 min

Tall Stories 85: Ho Chi Minh City’s scooters: 

Ho Chi Minh City is arguably most well known as being the site of one of the world’s most poignant political protests in the 1960s. But for modern-day visitors it is known for something more novel: scooters.

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32030 Nov 2017
30 min

Bike lights, trains and neighbours: 

Our man in Seoul climbs aboard one of the new express trains to the Olympic village, Dublin is the testing ground for a new smart bike light and when was the last time you spoke to your neighbour?

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27 Nov 2017
7 min

Tall Stories 84: Ringturm: 

Presiding over the northwestern curve of Vienna’s Ringstrasse boulevard, the Ringturm carried a powerful message of reconstruction and renewal after the Second World War. Today its facade serves as a giant canvas for artworks and a lighthouse on the roof forecasts the weather using colour.

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31923 Nov 2017
30 min

That’s rubbish: 

Waste management and recycling are essential components of what makes a city work for its citizens. This week we get down and dirty to find out how cities deal with different types of waste.

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20 Nov 2017
5 min

Tall Stories 83: Portuguese quiosques: 

Lisbon’s quirky ‘quiosques’ (kiosks) have been around since the mid-19th century and are partly responsible for the community spirit in the city today.

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31816 Nov 2017
29 min

Technology and utopias: 

This week we hear how technology is helping companies collect data – and profits – from you, but also how it can help fight issues such as gun violence. Plus: a special report from the first edition of Torino-Stratosferica.

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13 Nov 2017
3 min

Tall Stories 82: Columbia Road flower market: 

We head to London’s East End to visit a short strip of street that turns into an urban garden every Sunday morning.

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3179 Nov 2017
40 min

Special: Bill de Blasio’s second term: 

Bill de Blasio’s first term was marred by investigations into his fundraising, as well as disagreements with governor Andrew Cuomo and President Trump. So what are the issues at hand as he enters his second term?

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6 Nov 2017
7 min

Tall Stories 81: San Francisco’s fog: 

It comes out of nowhere, descending rapidly to chill and isolate residents and visitors alike. But the fog in San Francisco is more inspiring than inconvenient and viewed as a beloved part of the city’s fabric.

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3162 Nov 2017
30 min

CityLab Paris, part 2: delivering change: 

The second part of our report from the urbanism conference. As more and more cities around the world start to think and act global, how can we better deliver change around the world?

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30 Oct 2017
10 min

Tall Stories 80: Terrassenhaus: 

First theorised by the Austrian architect and designer Adolf Loos in the 1920s, the Terrassenhaus was not realised until the mid-1970s in several big housing development projects on the periphery of Vienna. This week, Monocle’s Alexei Korolyov tours one of the more well-known examples.

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31526 Oct 2017
30 min

CityLab Paris, part 1: mayors special: 

More than 40 mayors, numerous civic officials and urban leaders from across the globe flocked to Paris earlier this week to discuss the trends of the cities of tomorrow. In this first episode, we keep up with the mayors.

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23 Oct 2017
5 min

Tall Stories 79: Revamping the Isar River: 

Originally central to establishing Munich, the Isar was, sadly, neglected. Our correspondent Janek Schmidt tells us how it is being regenerated and adding a new dimension to the city’s quality of life.

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