The Urbanist

Transforming our cities

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9 July 2020

Episode 456

30 minutes

What’s the formula for a city that works? We look at how some of our favourite urban projects are transforming their cities – and offer a model for building happier communities.

9 July 2020

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Chapter 1

8 minutes


Photo: Mikael Colville-Andersen: Flickr

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Chapter 1

Copenhagen: bicycle mecca

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In 2007, Danish-Canadian urbanist Mikael Colville-Andersen founded Copenhagenize Design Co, a planning consultancy inspired by the transport offerings in his home city.

8 minutes

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Chapter 2

2 minutes


Photo: Benjamin Benschneider

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Chapter 2

Seattle: electrical substation

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Electrical substations are necessary for keeping the lights on but they’re almost always painful to look at. However, as Monocle’s Will Kitchens found out, it doesn’t always have to be that way

2 minutes

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Chapter 3

7 minutes


Photo: Alana-Patterson

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Chapter 3

Vancouver: VanPlay

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Tomos Lewis has been exploring Vancouver to find out how equal access to bountiful parks can be a powerful marker of a fair city.

7 minutes

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Chapter 4

2 minutes


Photo: Andreas Kay:Flickr

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Chapter 4

Quito: metro

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In Quito, a new metro is helping to connect the city while offering a chance to transform it.

2 minutes

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Chapter 5

8 minutes


Photo: Jun-MIchael-Park

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Chapter 5

What makes a city?

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To build a great place to live, everything from the quality of the shops to the height of the buildings need to be considered, and even how parks might connect to other green spaces in the city

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