Transforming our cities
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9 July 2020
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
Photo: Benjamin Benschneider
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
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