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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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‘Frontier City’ and missing links:

We speak to Shawn Micallef about his new book ‘Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness’, hear about Melbourne’s missing rail link and ask if Paris will be able to connect the city to its suburbs.

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24 Apr 2017
5 min

Tall Stories 53: Cairo Tower: 

We head to Egypt to hear the story of the Cairo Tower, the tallest structure in North Africa. Designed by Egyptian architect Naoum Shebib, it is one of the city’s most well-known modern monuments.

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28820 Apr 2017
30 min

‘Frontier City’ and missing links: 

We speak to Shawn Micallef about his new book ‘Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness’, hear about Melbourne’s missing rail link and ask if Paris will be able to connect the city to its suburbs.

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17 Apr 2017
3 min

Tall Stories 52: strolling around Bologna: 

We take an evening stroll around Bologna and enjoy some of the city’s beautiful outdoor public spaces, from the central square, the Piazza Maggiore, to walkways sheltered by medieval porticoes.

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28713 Apr 2017
28 min

The built environment and Toronto’s missing middle: 

This week we talk to Sarah Williams Goldhagen on the way our built environment shapes us, hear about Toronto’s missing middle and New York’s latest addition: a floating food forest.

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10 Apr 2017
4 min

Tall Stories 51: The Old England department store: 

We wax lyrical about one of Brussels most spectacular art-nouveau structures: the Old England department store, which is now home to the Musical Instruments Museum.

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2866 Apr 2017
25 min

Something old, something new: 

We discuss China’s plans to build a brand-new city three times the size of New York, hear how Serbia’s capital is preparing for a cycling revolution and examine the project trying to “beautify” Cairo’s downtown.

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3 Apr 2017
4 min

Tall Stories 50: the house of Black Madonna: 

When Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque pioneered cubism in Paris, young Czech artists such as Pavel Janák and Josef Gočár saw the artistic movement as a way to dilute their country’s decorative architectural style. Czechoslovakia was one of the first nations to apply cubism to architecture and the house of Black Madonna was the very first cubist house built in Europe.

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28530 Mar 2017
30 min

Sensory urbanism: 

How can we improve the way we interact with our cities? This week we explore a ‘sensory’ waterfront in Seattle, hop on a smelling tour of Austria’s capital and ask if Lisbon is tackling noise as it should.

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27 Mar 2017
5 min

Tall Stories 49: Daily News Building: 

‘The New York Daily News’ is no longer headquartered on East 42nd Street, but the Daily News Building still stands as a shining art deco tribute to the art of the newspaper. And while its designer left an indelible mark on the city, to many outside observers the building might be more familiar as the workplace of a certain mild-mannered reporter.

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28423 Mar 2017
30 min

Loneliness: 

Cities are busy beasts but being constantly surrounded by people doesn’t necessarily prevent us from feeling lonely. The hustle and bustle of city life can be overwhelming, especially for newcomers – so what’s the best way to tackle urban loneliness?

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20 Mar 2017
6 min

Tall Stories 48: the English pug and the French poodle: 

Monocle’s Toronto bureau chief, Tomos Lewis, takes us to Montréal to assess the significance of two bronze statues – of two pet pooches – that speak of the city’s past divisions and the promise of a unified future.

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28316 Mar 2017
30 min

On track?: 

All Olympic Games host cities must consider their legacy and whether the price of hosting is actually worth it. We look back to Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and more.

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13 Mar 2017
4 min

Tall Stories 47: park benches: 

This week we make our way to Regent’s Park to find traditional London park benches: wooden armrests at either end and wide enough to accommodate three ample backsides. Who doesn’t love a good park bench?

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2829 Mar 2017
27 min

Technology in the cities: 

From innovations in public lighting to what Madrid’s new Google Campus has done for the city, how has the digital revolution caught up with our cities? Plus: Vienna’s uneasy relationship with technology and a word from our Hong Kong bureau chief.

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6 Mar 2017
6 min

Tall Stories 46: Ikseon-dong: 

This week we head to Seoul to visit a neighbourhood that’s beaten the odds. Ikseon-dong was the country’s first real-estate development project back in the early 1930s – but there’s not much left in the city from that period.

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