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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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Placemaking, biodiversity and diplomacy:

We bring you a bundle of reports from the past few days, including the London Design Festival, Expo Prado in Montevideo, New York hosting world leaders and the Al Fay Park in Abu Dhabi.

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51923 Sep 2021
30 min

Placemaking, biodiversity and diplomacy: 

We bring you a bundle of reports from the past few days, including the London Design Festival, Expo Prado in Montevideo, New York hosting world leaders and the Al Fay Park in Abu Dhabi.

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20 Sep 2021
5 min

Tall Stories 275: Sitting-Out Areas, Hong Kong: 

James Chambers visits a traditional Hong Kong pocket park to observe the daily comings and goings at these essential public spaces.

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51816 Sep 2021
30 min

Olympic legacies: 

Just how important is the Olympic legacy for the built environment? We assess how Tokyo 2020 has affected the city itself, look ahead to Paris 2024 and examine Rio 2016 too.

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13 Sep 2021
6 min

Tall Stories 274: Books & Company, Copenhagen: 

We visit an English-language bookshop based in Copenhagen that’s changing the lives of citizens in the Danish capital.

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5179 Sep 2021
30 min

Urban agriculture: 

We get better acquainted with the land as we assess how urban agriculture can lead to a healthier, happier and more sustainable future for city dwellers.

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6 Sep 2021
7 min

Tall Stories 273: 9/11 Memorial & Museum, New York: 

Monocle’s Chris Cermak assesses the evolution of the space left behind after the World Trade Center attacks in New York.

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5162 Sep 2021
30 min

The Urbanist book club: 

The Urbanist book club delves into Tom Chesshyre’s ‘Park Life’, which explores the world’s public spaces. Plus, we discuss ‘Survival of the City’ by David Cutler and Edward Glaeser, a book on the lessons of the recent lockdowns.

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30 Aug 2021
5 min

Tall Stories 272: Zipaquirá, Colombia: 

Monocle’s Anastasia Moloney visits Zipaquirá, the Colombian cycling mecca.

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51526 Aug 2021
30 min

Get smart: 

We explore the smart city to find out how the world of data can contribute to a more personalised experience, and a better quality of life in the places that we call home.

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23 Aug 2021
4 min

Tall Stories 271: Monte Amiata housing complex, Milan: 

Monocle’s Ivan Carvalho visits a postwar apartment complex from the 1960s that remains a thriving mini-city today.

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51419 Aug 2021
30 min

Berlin Questions: In discussion with city leaders: 

We speak to some of the leading public officials present at the recent Berlin Questions conference about how their cities have fared in the past 18 months.

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16 Aug 2021
6 min

Tall Stories 270: Montevideo’s stained glass: 

Monocle’s Lucinda Elliott admires a few examples of the Uruguayan capital’s surprising speciality of stained-glass windows.

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51312 Aug 2021
30 min

Rebirth of public art: 

We look at how public art can contribute to a rebirth for cities and create more welcoming public spaces. Is there a better way to ensure that your city remains vibrant than by integrating art with the built environment?

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9 Aug 2021
5 min

Tall Stories 269: Paul and Babe, Bemidji: 

Kimberly Bradley visits the iconic roadside statues of the lumberjack Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox to ponder what these oversized attractions, and others like them, mean to tourists today.

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5125 Aug 2021
30 min

Reading the city: 

Bookshops are anchors in our communities, where we can go to get away to far-flung places without leaving our own neighbourhoods.

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