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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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Can a building be bad?:

This week we look at controversial built environments, often the legacy of dictatorships and fascism, and how cities around the world have dealt with their pasts.

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19 Apr 2021
3 min

Tall Stories 253: Torre Fara, Chiavari: 

We explore a story of rebirth and repurpose on the Italian Riviera.

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49615 Apr 2021
30 min

Can a building be bad?: 

This week we look at controversial built environments, often the legacy of dictatorships and fascism, and how cities around the world have dealt with their pasts.

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12 Apr 2021
5 min

Tall Stories 252: Cinemateca, Montevideo: 

We visit the new home for the national film archive of Uruguay.

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4958 Apr 2021
30 min

Urban lighting: 

We might not think about it very often but high-quality urban lighting is a determining factor in how we experience our cities. In this episode we look at the history of light in urban environments, how they can make places safer and even nighttime design. Plus: how crucial lighting is in informal settlements.

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5 Apr 2021
7 min

Tall Stories 251: Precollinear Park, Turin: 

We stop by a linear park constructed along a stretch of unused tram lines, conceived by the Torino Stratosferica collective.

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4941 Apr 2021
30 min

Building back equally: 

We rewrite that most recent of urbanist battle cries and look at how to build back equally.

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29 Mar 2021
6 min

Tall Stories 250: UN headquarters, New York: 

Christopher Cermak charts his journey from model UN to reporting on the real thing and explains what the organisation’s New York HQ means to the city.

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49325 Mar 2021
30 min

The future of US transportation: 

With a new administration in residence at the White House and cities beginning to recover from the pandemic, is there some hope on the horizon for transport in the United States?

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22 Mar 2021
5 min

Tall Stories 249: The Beirut River, Lebanon: 

Adib Dada explains a unique planting method that is turning a plot of land on the banks of the Beirut River into what’s now known as Beirut’s Riverless Forest.

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49218 Mar 2021
30 min

Diary of a year in lockdown: 

Monocle’s editor in chief Andrew Tuck opens up his diary charting the past 12 months, as the UK marks a year since it first entered into lockdown.

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15 Mar 2021
4 min

Tall Stories 248: The nightclub: 

We look at the night-time economy’s importance to a city, and the power of a good dance floor.

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49111 Mar 2021
30 min

The quest for perfection: 

We explore some of the different approaches that cities have taken in the quest for perfection.

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8 Mar 2021
4 min

Tall Stories 247: Gibert Jeune, Paris: 

A historic bookshop in Paris’s Latin Quarter is closing its doors. We bid adieu.

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4904 Mar 2021
30 min

The urbanist dictionary: 

We take a look at the language of urbanism in the hopes of unravelling the jargon frequently thrown around in city discourse.

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1 Mar 2021
6 min

Tall Stories 246: Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper: 

We stop by Jasper Park Lodge, a historic hotel in the Canadian Rockies that’s hosted plenty of famous faces.

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