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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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Sound and city:

This week we focus on urbanism, architecture, acoustics and sound artists. We’re reporting from Resonate, a one-day conference in Lisbon by Resite, Maat and Meyer Sound that gathered an international crowd.

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19 Feb 2018
3 min

Tall Stories 94: the Maat effect: 

Monocle editor Andrew Tuck looks to the banks of the River Tagus in Lisbon to assess just how powerful the new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology can be for the city.

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33115 Feb 2018
30 min

Sound and city: 

This week we focus on urbanism, architecture, acoustics and sound artists. We’re reporting from Resonate, a one-day conference in Lisbon by Resite, Maat and Meyer Sound that gathered an international crowd.

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12 Feb 2018
5 min

Tall Stories 93: Do interiors deserve the same recognition as façades?: 

“Hands off my Johnson” has been the rallying cry of the Big Apple’s designers and architects opposed to proposed changes to Manhattan’s iconic AT&T Building. Our New York bureau chief Ed Stocker has more.

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3308 Feb 2018
30 min

Enjoying the city: 

From increasing green space to reducing traffic levels and improving mobility, there are several ways to make city-living a little easier. But can you measure just how tranquil urban spaces really are?

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5 Feb 2018
4 min

Tall Stories 92: Wilton’s Music Hall: 

A sneak peak into the history of one of the world’s last surviving grand music halls.

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3291 Feb 2018
30 min

More than a title: 

From night mayors and music czars to bicycle mayors and ministers of loneliness, we explore the unusual ways to make a city tick.

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29 Jan 2018
10 min

Tall Stories 91: the Hollywood Walk of Fame: 

For the millions of yearly visitors to Los Angeles, there is one landmark that perhaps speaks most clearly of the glamour and the glories of North America’s film-making centre: the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Tomos Lewis goes on a stroll.

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32825 Jan 2018
30 min

Cities and Trump: one year on: 

The 2016 race to the White House was one of the most divisive campaigns in modern US history. One year on, we assess US cities under Trump and ask if there’s a silver lining: are they taking charge of their own futures?

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22 Jan 2018
5 min

Tall Stories 90: the Beehive: 

We head to Wellington to take a closer look at a particular wing of the New Zealand Parliament. Monocle contributor Clair Urbahn tells us the story of the Beehive.

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32718 Jan 2018
30 min

Temporary urbanism: 

It’s not all about pop-up cafés and gathering a couple of neighbours to set up a street market. Temporary urbanism can have a huge impact in cities, allowing planners to push some of their bolder and more unusual ideas through the bureaucracy of city hall.

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15 Jan 2018
6 min

Tall Stories 89: the tin church: 

This week we head to the small village of Laragh near the Irish border, to hear the story of a tin church that is enduring the test of time thanks to the community’s restoration work.

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32611 Jan 2018
30 min

What's new?: 

As New York enters the new year with murder figures at a record low, we look at criminality in the US. We’ve also got a public-transport tale of two cities – Athens’ wi-fi wrangle and London’s Tube triumph – and a review of the smart cities at CES 2018.

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8 Jan 2018
5 min

Tall Stories 88: Dubai World Trade Centre: 

When one thinks of Dubai, one thinks of its grand gestures. Today we hear the story of one of its first skyscrapers, the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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3254 Jan 2018
30 min

The best of Tall Stories 2017: 

We start the year with a look back at the best Tall Stories of 2017: from statues, to a garden gate and even cycling in a city.

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32428 Dec 2017
30 min

The best of The Urbanist 2017: 

In this special programme, we bring you the best reports, most insightful interviews and the funniest moments from The Urbanist in 2017.

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