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Cities in review

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16 December 2021

Episode 531

30 minutes

It’s nearly the end of 2021 so we wanted to reflect on the year gone by and assess how urban living has changed over the past 12 months – and what lessons we can take with us into the new year.

16 December 2021

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Helsinki: start-up city

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Vibrant cities are places where businesses thrive. But what can city halls and public bodies such as schools and universities do to foster entrepreneurship?

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Chapter 2

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Hong Kong: locked in

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It’s been nearly two years since the city locked itself away from the rest of the world. So how does that affect a city that’s always been known for the ebb and flow of people?

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Chapter 3

‘Silent Cities: Portraits of a Pandemic: 15 Cities Across the World’

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It’s inevitable to think back to those images of our cities left at a standstill – and that emptiness is at the heart of a new photography book by husband-and-wife duo Jeffrey and Julie Loria.

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‘Silent Cities: Portraits of a Pandemic: 15 Cities Across the World’

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New York: extreme weather

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While the mayoral election dominated recent news coverage from New York, 2021 was a year that also highlighted just how vulnerable the city is to extreme weather events.

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Toronto: recapping the year

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Monocle’s Toronto bureau chief Tomos Lewis discusses the year that was from his outpost in the Canadian city.

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