Lessons from history
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21 April 2022
What lessons can cities learn from the past? We discuss Leonardo da Vinci’s plans for the ideal city, sketched after a pandemic; revisit the pneumatic tube system; and re-examine the humble drinking fountain.
21 April 2022
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After surviving a pandemic that wiped out a third of Milan’s population in the 15th century, Leonardo da Vinci decided to design his ideal city. Urban planner Nolan Gray examines Da Vinci’s revolutionary plans.
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Description: This was a solution Until the 1970s pneumatic tube systems were a common sight in offices and retail spaces across Europe and the US. Monocle’s Alexei Korolyov visits an Austrian company that’s taking the technology to new levels.
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