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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.

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Identity:

What is that sense that distinguishes one city from another? From urban features, to planning, cultural institutions or values, there are certain quirks that immediately define a city or region.

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31419 Oct 2017
30 min

Identity: 

What is that sense that distinguishes one city from another? From urban features, to planning, cultural institutions or values, there are certain quirks that immediately define a city or region.

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16 Oct 2017
3 min

Tall Stories 78: Torre Velasca: 

On the eve of its 60th anniversary we decide to take a closer look at Milan’s Torre Velasca, a skyscraper that, despite its groundbreaking design, received mixed reactions on its debut.

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31312 Oct 2017
30 min

The way forward: 

We find out how a tent used by Mongolian nomads is getting a facelift, we take the temperature of the race for the mayor’s office in New York and hear about the country with the most freshwater in the world – that also suffers from drought. Plus: Amsterdam bans tourist shops in its city centre.

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9 Oct 2017
4 min

Tall Stories 77: Kulttuurisauna: 

This week Monocle’s Chiara Rimella bares all and explains to us how an Alvar Aalto-inspired sauna convinced her to dive headfirst into Helsinki’s culture.

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3125 Oct 2017
30 min

All connected now: 

How do we relate to a city? This week we look at the different ways we engage with our urban environments, be it through green spaces, by sharing a book or two or even being on the water.

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2 Oct 2017
3 min

Tall Stories 76: Lisbon’s street lamps: 

We visit a city known for its natural light to explore the history behind the urban fixture responsible for illuminating it in the evenings.

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31128 Sep 2017
30 min

Checking in: 

It’s a bit of a correspondents special: from New York to Hong Kong, Zürich and a splash of Brazil too.

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25 Sep 2017
3 min

Tall Stories 75: Hamburg’s Elbstrand: 

Monocle’s Business editor Matt Alagiah takes us to the west of Hamburg’s city centre to visit an urban beach perched on the north bank of the Elbe River.

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31021 Sep 2017
27 min

Spotlight on Aarhus: 

We joined the Academy of Urbanism’s 2017 Congress to report from Denmark’s second city of Aarhus, on everything from its waterfront development to participatory urbanism and lessons for other cities. Plus: a special interview with Jan Gehl.

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18 Sep 2017
4 min

Tall Stories 74: Moscow’s city day: 

Moscow's City Day took place earlier this month, as the Russian capital celebrated its 870th anniversary – and city hall made use of a good opportunity to impress.

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30914 Sep 2017
30 min

Urban challenges: 

We speak to the co-author of ‘The Public Wealth of Cities’ to find out about boosting prosperity in our urban centres. Plus: we head to East London to discover a rooftop dwelling disguised as a warehouse air duct.

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11 Sep 2017
4 min

Tall Stories 73: Toll houses: 

Above the hustle and bustle of London’s city life you’ll find a little toll house, which back in the 1700s marked the entrance to the Bishop of London’s estate. We profile these little bastions of resistance.

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3087 Sep 2017
30 min

After Harvey: 

When Hurricane Harvey struck Houston, no one could have predicted the level of destruction it caused. As floodwaters retreat and rubble is lifted, we shine the spotlight on this city and the way urban areas can start to heal after the grieving is done.

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4 Sep 2017
9 min

Tall Stories 72: Luma Arles: 

We visit the Luma Arles creative-arts hub. Made up of former railway warehouses, the site will soon welcome a new architectural feature – a 56-metre tall tower designed by architect Frank Gehry. We check out the view.

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30731 Aug 2017
30 min

Rule-breakers: 

On what side of the law does your city stand? There are still a few fugitives around, allowing what many other metropolises banned a long time ago: from public nudity to smoking indoors and even a little afternoon dip to cool off – in public that is.

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