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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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Urban ideas:

Urban ideas and inventions to improve the places we call home. We hear about Sitopia Farm in London, learn about wellbeing with ‘Know Your Health’ and look at accessibility innovation with Kone and Leo-Pekka Tähti.

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21 Jun 2021
4 min

Tall Stories 262: Central Harbourfront Event Space, Hong Kong: 

James Chambers goes for a stroll along a prime piece of Hong Kong real estate that’s due to be sold.

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50517 Jun 2021
30 min

Urban ideas: 

Urban ideas and inventions to improve the places we call home. We hear about Sitopia Farm in London, learn about wellbeing with ‘Know Your Health’ and look at accessibility innovation with Kone and Leo-Pekka Tähti.

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14 Jun 2021
8 min

Tall Stories 261: The statue of Egerton Ryerson, Toronto: 

Monocle’s Toronto bureau chief Tomos Lewis visits one of the protest sites following the recent discovery of indigenous children’s remains at a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia.

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50410 Jun 2021
30 min

London’s Low Line: 

We’re out and about as we explore an urban trail woven along the Victorian rail arches in London’s Bankside area.

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7 Jun 2021
6 min

Tall Stories 260: Montevideo’s plazas: 

Monocle’s Lucinda Elliott observes how plazas in the Uruguayan capital weave together the city’s communities.

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5033 Jun 2021
30 min

Transport special: 

We celebrate the June transport special of Monocle magazine with a look at a few innovations and oddities from the world of mobility.

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31 May 2021
10 min

Tall Stories 259: London’s rats: 

Monocle’s Alexis Self joins the battle between resident and rat, to investigate why these pests are currently prospering.

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50227 May 2021
30 min

Biennale Architettura 2021: 

‘The Urbanist’ is on the road again, as we report from the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale.

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24 May 2021
4 min

Tall Stories 258: Pirelli 39, Milan: 

Monocle’s Ed Stocker assesses the high hopes for a regenerated skyscraper currently in progress in Milan.

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50120 May 2021
30 min

Repopulating the city centre: 

We take stock of more than a year’s worth of temporary urbanism, behavioural data and “new-normal” thinking in our cities to find out the best ways to bring life back to the centre.

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17 May 2021
5 min

Tall Stories 257: Vienna’s amusement parks: 

Monocle’s Alexei Korolyov investigates the enduring appeal of Vienna’s amusement parks – and the likelihood that they’ll last through the pandemic.

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50013 May 2021
30 min

Episode 500: 

In a special extended programme celebrating 500 episodes of ‘The Urbanist’, we reverse the roles and make Andrew Tuck the guest for a change. Join us as we take a sonic trip down memory lane and even bring you a blooper or two.

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10 May 2021
4 min

Tall Stories 256: Millennium Bridge, London: 

On one of the many bridges across the Thames in London, Andrew Tuck pauses to ponder the best vantage points from which to see a city.

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4996 May 2021
30 min

The power of the mayor: 

With local elections in the UK this week and a mayoral race in New York later this year, we look at the role of local government and how it can actively change the lives of citizens for the better.

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3 May 2021
4 min

Tall Stories 255: M+ Museum, Hong Kong: 

Monocle’s Nina Milhaud visits a newly constructed museum space in Hong Kong that aspires to express Asia’s rich visual culture.

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