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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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CoMotion LA 2019:

Although it might seem ironic to hold a mobility conference in Los Angeles – infamous for its traffic woes – civic leaders, transit authorities and private mobility companies were in the city last week for the third edition of CoMotion LA. Monocle’s Carlota Rebelo reports.

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42321 Nov 2019
30 min

CoMotion LA 2019: 

Although it might seem ironic to hold a mobility conference in Los Angeles – infamous for its traffic woes – civic leaders, transit authorities and private mobility companies were in the city last week for the third edition of CoMotion LA. Monocle’s Carlota Rebelo reports.

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18 Nov 2019
5 min

Tall Stories 183: The Flower Nagai Line, Yamagata: 

We take a trip on the Flower Nagai Line, a quirky train line running through Japan’s Yamagata prefecture, that makes for a particularly unique commute.

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42214 Nov 2019
30 min

The fall of the Berlin Wall, part 2: 

In the second part of our series, we look beyond Germany to ask a fundamental question: why do we divide people? From a 3,200km land border in North America to Europe’s last divided capital, we explore what lessons – if any – we’ve learnt from Berlin.

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11 Nov 2019
8 min

Tall Stories 182: New York’s streets: 

We take a look at the streets of New York through the eyes of one man. Originally from Virginia, Matt Green has made it his mission to walk every single street in the Big Apple’s five boroughs – a process that has taken him seven years and counting.

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4217 Nov 2019
30 min

The fall of the Berlin Wall, part 1: 

Thirty years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, we ask what life was like for citizens in a divided Berlin and discuss some of the lessons we can learn from the German capital to help repair the divisions faced by cities today.

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4 Nov 2019
8 min

Tall Stories 181: Eleftheria Square, Nicosia: 

We visit Eleftheria Square in Cyprus’s capital, where a redevelopment designed by Zaha Hadid is still in construction 14 years after work started. Nicosia-based architect Charis Christodoulou updates our Athens correspondent, Daphne Karnezis, on the latest.

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42031 Oct 2019
30 min

CityLab 2019: 

This week we’re in Washington to join civic leaders, mayors and activists at the global summit on cities. We reveal how Atlanta dealt with a massive cyberattack, discuss the difference between urban sound and noise, talk smart mobility in Detroit and hear about the importance of reclaiming our streets.

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28 Oct 2019
4 min

Tall Stories 180: Stari Most, Mostar: 

We cast our eyes toward this stunning 16th-century bridge in Mostar, a tiny city in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The bridge was tragically destroyed during bitter fighting in the early 1990s but it’s since been restored to its former glory with the help of Unesco – and makes Mostar a must-visit spot for all self-respecting bridge fanatics.

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41924 Oct 2019
30 min

Alfredo Brillembourg: 

How do you make better homes in informal settlements? Should Caracas embrace the ingenuity of squatter communities? How do you build a sports centre on a shack-covered mountain? And what happens if you don’t do any of the above? Andrew Tuck sits down with Venezuelan architect Alfredo Brillembourg to talk about his work, fears and vision for a new – and radical – urbanism.

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21 Oct 2019
4 min

Tall Stories 179: Hawksmoor’s churches, London: 

We take a tour of six distinctive East London churches designed by 18th-century English architect Nicholas Hawksmoor, tracing their history from the first brick to their influence on US postmodernism and UK brutalism.

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41817 Oct 2019
30 min

Making space: 

How do you design and develop spaces for specific groups and activities? And how do these spaces affect the urban fabric of our cities? The use of public areas guides the way we connect with one another, so it’s important to get it right.

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14 Oct 2019
6 min

Tall Stories 178: Metelkova, Ljubljana: 

We visit a collection of buildings in the Slovenian capital with an intriguing history and an equally compelling present. Metelkova, once a military stronghold, now exists as a countercultural epicentre and, although it’s officially a squat, is actively supported by the mayor and city council.

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41710 Oct 2019
30 min

New-towns movement: 

Purpose planned and purpose built, the new-towns movement sought to let some air out of congested industrialised centres after the Second World War. But how have these towns fared and could a fresh wave of them be the cure to some of the 21st century’s urban ailments?

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7 Oct 2019
4 min

Tall Stories 177: Khlongs, Bangkok: 

We take to the water in Bangkok to explore the khlongs, a vast network of canals that crisscross the Southeast Asian city. Home to bustling commuters, tottering tourists and floating markets, these still-thriving waterways are the city’s ancient lifeblood.

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4163 Oct 2019
30 min

Resite 2019: Revisited: 

We’re back in Prague to zoom in on some of the big projects and bold ideas that emerged from Resite 2019. From the waterways of New York to the alleyways of Beijing, we we seek out the highlights from this year’s event.

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