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The Urbanist

With an influential audience of city mayors, urban planners and architects, this is Monocle’s guide to making better cities, be it new technology, state-of-the-art subways or compact apartments. Nominee in the Smartest Podcast category of the 2019 British Podcast awards.

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Time for an update:

After 46 years, Paris is set to welcome a new skyscraper. Plus: we look at a photography book showcasing Atlantic City and discuss sick-building syndrome.

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39616 May 2019
30 min

Time for an update: 

After 46 years, Paris is set to welcome a new skyscraper. Plus: we look at a photography book showcasing Atlantic City and discuss sick-building syndrome.

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13 May 2019
4 min

Tall Stories 156: Thessaloniki’s Koulouri: 

A tour of the tiny kiosks that can be found on nearly every corner of Greece's second-largest city.

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3959 May 2019
30 min

Death and the city: 

How do cities plan for the afterlife? We visit the places where space for the dead is almost as expensive as it is for the living. Plus: a modernist approach to the cemetery and the importance of archeology in cities.

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6 May 2019
5 min

Tall Stories 155: Vienna’s sausage stands: 

They may be plain and boxy but these kiosks are vital meeting places, attracting customers from across social boundaries. Invariably found near landmarks, they engage in a curious architectural dialogue with their grander neighbours.

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3942 May 2019
30 min

Urban air mobility: 

This week we’re looking to the sky. Our editor at large in the Americas, Ed Stocker, reports from ‘Aerial Futures: The Third Dimension’ in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where experts gathered to discuss everything from cargo drones to urban-mobility design.

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29 Apr 2019
3 min

Tall Stories 154: St Andrew’s Church, Mells: 

Monocle’s editor and host of ‘The Urbanist’ Andrew Tuck takes us to church on this week’s edition of ‘Tall Stories’.

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39325 Apr 2019
30 min

After the fire: 

The fire in Notre-Dame brought the world to a standstill. This wasn’t about the human loss or the area affected by it. It was about something bigger: a shared cultural heritage that unites us all – believers and non-believers. It also led us to reflect on the Great Fire of London and how cities have recovered through the decades.

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22 Apr 2019
7 min

Tall Stories 153: Brooklyn Point: 

Over the past few years, Brooklyn has shape-shifted almost beyond recognition. That change is anchored by City Point, which will be the largest retail and entertainment destination in the borough.

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39218 Apr 2019
30 min

In praise of the city airport: 

Bigger planes and more flights have forced many cities to move their key airport far from the centre. But there is something special about watching the city from above as you land in what feels like the middle of it. This week we ask what makes a great city airport.

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15 Apr 2019
3 min

Tall Stories 152: Portland’s Koin Center: 

Built in 1984, this art deco-style tower by the Hawthorne bridge is one of the most recognisable buildings in the city’s skyline.

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39111 Apr 2019
30 min

Shouting from the rooftops: 

We explore the many options for urban-rooftop spaces. From city agriculture to solar power, drinking and dining to drone parking, we go through some potential plans for your next upper-level project.

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8 Apr 2019
6 min

Tall Stories 151: the Otto-Wagner Hospital: 

A psychiatric hospital built by the giant of 20th-century Austrian architecture, Otto Wagner, is now due to vacate the premises to make way for apartments and a university.

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3904 Apr 2019
30 min

What’s new?: 

We find out why Amsterdam wants to reclaim more than 11,000 car-parking spaces, how a Paris suburb is limbering up for the 2024 Olympic Games, get a dose of immersive tourism in Sarajevo and a look at Chicago’s newly elected mayor.

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1 Apr 2019
5 min

Tall Stories 150: Pittsburgh’s bridges: 

This week we head to the steel powerhouse of Pittsburgh, which happens to be the proud home of 446 bridges.

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38928 Mar 2019
30 min

Affordable housing: 

We look at Helsinki’s model of mixed housing, Cairo’s plan to end all slum dwellings by the end of the year and hear why the state of California is suing some of its own cities over affordability.

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