The Urbanist

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3 March 2016

Episode 229

30 minutes


Photo: Derek Winterburn

High-rises are associated with a certain culture and lifestyle but it’s not always a case of ‘us vs. them’. We explore the cultural legacy of some London gems from the 1960s, discover the unique skyline of São Paulo and get a window into the iconic Torres Blancas housing complex in Spain. Plus: we kick back at a few of Cairo’s rooftop gardens.

3 March 2016

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Chapter 1

6 minutes


Photo: Salva López

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Chapter 1

Madrid: Torres Blancas

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Built in the 1960s, the eccentric Torres Blancas building continues to rouse Madrid’s imagination despite being closed off to a curious public. We secure exclusive access to the tower and catch up with a few residents who are eager to explore the building’s unique history.

6 minutes

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Chapter 2

9 minutes


Photo: Steve Cadman

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London: Centre Point and the 1960s

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As London recovered from war and new materials became available, the city saw an arrival of new buildings with interesting forms. We discuss Richard Seifert’s iconic Centre Point tower.

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Chapter 3

7 minutes


Photo: Francisco Anzola

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Cairo: rooftop gardens

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Getting high in Cairo can mean more than just a beautiful view – it’s turning into a way to access green spaces and gardens that can’t be found on the street.

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Chapter 4

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Photo: Diego Torres Silvestre

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Chapter 4

São Paulo: 31st floor

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São Paulo has one of the highest numbers of high-rises in the world. Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco tells us about life in these towers, including his latest spot on the 31st floor of one of them.

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