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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. Nominee in the Smartest Podcast category of the 2019 British Podcast awards.

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Transforming our cities:

What’s the formula for a city that works? We look at how some of our favourite urban projects are transforming their cities – and offer a model for building happier communities.

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4569 Jul 2020
30 min

Transforming our cities: 

What’s the formula for a city that works? We look at how some of our favourite urban projects are transforming their cities – and offer a model for building happier communities.

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6 Jul 2020
5 min

Tall Stories 214: Berlin’s Tegel Airport: 

We stop off at Berlin’s Tegel Airport to learn about its colourful past and uncertain future.

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4552 Jul 2020
30 min

Reading the signs: 

We look to the world of wayfinding and city signage to explore where our information comes from and how it shapes the way we navigate our streets.

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29 Jun 2020
4 min

Tall Stories 213: A tale of two incentives: 

Monocle’s Alexei Korolyov assesses two very different incentive schemes in the cities he calls home: Moscow and Vienna.

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45425 Jun 2020
30 min

Reopening our cities: 

As urban life slowly returns to normal, what sort of cities are we about to encounter? This week we look at the reopening of community centres and hear about plans to temporarily pedestrianise London’s Soho (and why that should be here to stay).

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22 Jun 2020
5 min

Tall Stories 212: Ljubljana Castle: 

We visit Ljubljana Castle, a former medieval fortress that’s now at the heart of city life in the Slovenian capital. It hosts everything from award-winning restaurants to a diverse collection of cultural venues.

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45318 Jun 2020
30 min

What’s the role of the police in our cities?: 

The demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd have put police forces in the spotlight, particularly in the US, where they have reignited debate about the role of the police and whether forces need to be overhauled.

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15 Jun 2020
4 min

Tall Stories 211: Kolonihaver, Copenhagen: 

Monocle’s Michael Booth takes us for a walk in a uniquely Danish version of what you might recognise as an allotment.

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45211 Jun 2020
30 min

A good response: 

We look at some of the better executed reactions to the coronavirus pandemic from countries around the world and assess how cities have been at the core of both the fallout and the recovery.

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8 Jun 2020
4 min

Tall Stories 210: Brockwell Park, London: 

Monocle’s Holly Fisher finds solace (and gardening tips) in one part of her neighbourhood green space during lockdown.

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4514 Jun 2020
30 min

The challenge of isolation: 

We look at how those living in high-density areas, or without any form of home at all, have gone about the tricky task of protecting their health during the coronavirus pandemic.

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1 Jun 2020
5 min

Tall Stories 209: Tom Parker Fountain, Napier: 

Monocle’s David Stevens takes us to Napier, on New Zealand’s east coast, to explain how one beachfront fountain symbolises the city’s post-earthquake rebirth.

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45028 May 2020
30 min

Moving day: 

We look at some of the migration habits and moving-day quirks of city dwellers around the world from before the coronavirus outbreak, as well as at how to move an historic red-light district.

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25 May 2020
4 min

Tall Stories 208: Ta Prosfygika, Athens: 

Venetia Rainey takes us to visit an apartment complex in Athens that still displays many scars from its eventful past.

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44921 May 2020
30 min

Letters from the city: 

How a city handles a pandemic reveals much about its character. As urban centres around the world begin to reopen, Monocle’s correspondents send us letters from their own outposts.

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