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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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The Book Club: Part One:

Read anything good lately? This week we delve into two new books about our cities, as we bring you part one of our humble urbanism book club. Featuring Deirdre Mask and Peter Bishop.

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4793 Dec 2020
30 min

The Book Club: Part One: 

Read anything good lately? This week we delve into two new books about our cities, as we bring you part one of our humble urbanism book club. Featuring Deirdre Mask and Peter Bishop.

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30 Nov 2020
5 min

Tall Stories 235: The American suburb: 

Monocle’s Henry Rees Sheridan explores how we define the American suburb, with Jed Kolko, chief economist at Indeed.

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47826 Nov 2020
30 min

The fate of the CBD: 

We explore ways to evolve our city centres and ensure their survival in a post-pandemic world.

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23 Nov 2020
6 min

Tall Stories 234: Finlandia Hall, Helsinki: 

We brave the cold to visit an Alvar Aalto-designed building in the heart of Helsinki that has hosted its fair share of events, both historic and cultural.

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47719 Nov 2020
30 min

People power: 

Cities run on people power. But how do we get the average citizen to pitch in on urban-planning ideas and city governance?

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16 Nov 2020
5 min

Tall Stories 233: Yau Ma Tei Car Park Building, Hong Kong: 

We take a look at a unique meeting of infrastructure and the built environment in Hong Kong.

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47612 Nov 2020
30 min

The rise of alfresco: 

We look at the concept of alfresco dining in 2020 and consider how cities that are new to the concept are trying to adapt.

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9 Nov 2020
5 min

Tall Stories 232: Unasur Building, Quito: 

We head to a now-vacant regional hub in Ecuador for the leftist leaders that comprised the Union of South American Nations.

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4755 Nov 2020
30 min

Utopian Hours: the city at stake: 

We visit the Utopian Hours festival in Turin to discuss what’s at stake right now: the city itself.

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2 Nov 2020
5 min

Tall Stories 231: Vienna’s Wohnstrassen: 

We visit a special kind of street in Vienna where traffic is limited to a walking pace and the roadway is open to pedestrians.

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47429 Oct 2020
30 min

The state of US cities: 

Former mayor of Washington Anthony Williams joins us to discuss the state of US cities as the country prepares for one of its most anticipated elections in decades.

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26 Oct 2020
6 min

Tall Stories 230: Palazzo Pubblico, Siena  : 

We visit Siena’s Palazzo Pubblico to take some civic inspiration from its famed frescoes.

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47322 Oct 2020
30 min

Hope for hospitality: 

We hear from the hospitality sector after one of the toughest years on record for hoteliers.

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19 Oct 2020
7 min

Tall Stories 229: Orgues de Flandre, Paris: 

We visit one of Paris’s many overlooked architectural treasures – a musically inspired set of postwar buildings in northeastern Paris.

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47215 Oct 2020
30 min

Green recovery and indigenous urban design: 

We discuss why now is the time to push for a green recovery and how indigenous city builders can help urban design act as a tool for social change.

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