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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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Coronavirus and the climate:

More than a quarter of the world’s population is currently living under lockdown. Restrictive measures are necessary to keep us – and our cities – safe. What is the impact on our planet of people staying at home, offices closing and factories stopping?

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30 Mar 2020
3 min

Tall Stories 200: Density revisited: 

Monocle’s editor Andrew Tuck ponders whether the arguments for density still apply to our new and rapidly changing world.

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44126 Mar 2020
30 min

Coronavirus and the climate: 

More than a quarter of the world’s population is currently living under lockdown. Restrictive measures are necessary to keep us – and our cities – safe. What is the impact on our planet of people staying at home, offices closing and factories stopping?

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23 Mar 2020
3 min

Tall Stories 199: Japan’s kōbans: 

We investigate kōbans, Japan’s friendlier answer to the neighbourhood police station.

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44019 Mar 2020
30 min

City health check: 

We check in with our staff and correspondents around the globe to get an idea of the changing nature of their urban centres during the coronavirus pandemic.

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16 Mar 2020
6 min

Tall Stories 198: Borici centre, Bihać: 

We visit the Borici centre, a building in Bihać, Bosnia, that stands as a symbol of two crisis points in the city's recent history.

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43912 Mar 2020
30 min

Cities in quarantine: 

We discuss the impact that quarantines can have on cities and what lessons city planners can learn when an outbreak causes borders to close.

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9 Mar 2020
4 min

Tall Stories 197: Gasholder Park, London: 

We pause for a moment in a unique park near London’s Kings Cross, which was built in the skeleton of an industrial giant.

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4385 Mar 2020
30 min

Heritage and more: 

We take a deep dive into the world of historic conservation to hear how Re-Form Heritage is revitalising UK communities. Plus: a project in Brazil uniting communities through fresh produce.

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2 Mar 2020
5 min

Tall Stories 196: Palmyra Hotel, Baalbeck: 

We wander the halls of the Palmyra Hotel in the Lebanese city of Baalbek, where the guest book includes names such as Charles de Gaulle and Nina Simone.

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43727 Feb 2020
30 min

London’s Grosvenor Square: 

London’s second oldest square is set for a makeover ahead of its 300th anniversary. Andrew Tuck is joined by Anna Liu, Ed Ikin and Ed Green to discuss how to redesign one of the UK capital’s most iconic garden squares.

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24 Feb 2020
4 min

Tall Stories 195: Bondes de Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro: 

We take a ride on a historic Brazilian tram that connects downtown Rio de Janeiro to the hilltop district of Santa Teresa, winding its way through the streets and stories of the neighbourhood.

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43620 Feb 2020
30 min

Culture and the city: 

The Urban Land Institute UK Urban Art Forum recently released a new six-step guide to including culture in developments; we look at some of the ways to ensure that culture remains a core part of city planning.

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17 Feb 2020
5 min

Tall Stories 194: Hotel Torni, Helsinki: 

We visit Helsinki’s Hotel Torni, a building that’s witnessed the highs and lows of Finland’s history since its opening in 1931.

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43513 Feb 2020
30 min

Down by the water: 

We look at some of the ways that waterside cities interact with their coastlines, from Oslo’s efforts to lower pollution to the fight against rising tides in New York. Plus: a report from Alexandria, Egypt’s second city.

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10 Feb 2020
3 min

Tall Stories 193: Placemaking: 

This week Monocle’s Editor Andrew Tuck ponders the question: how do you make a place?

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