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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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The fate of the CBD:

We explore ways to evolve our city centres and ensure their survival in a post-pandemic world.

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47826 Nov 2020
30 min

The fate of the CBD: 

We explore ways to evolve our city centres and ensure their survival in a post-pandemic world.

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23 Nov 2020
6 min

Tall Stories 234: Finlandia Hall, Helsinki: 

We brave the cold to visit an Alvar Aalto-designed building in the heart of Helsinki that has hosted its fair share of events, both historic and cultural.

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47719 Nov 2020
30 min

People power: 

Cities run on people power. But how do we get the average citizen to pitch in on urban-planning ideas and city governance?

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16 Nov 2020
5 min

Tall Stories 233: Yau Ma Tei Car Park Building, Hong Kong: 

We take a look at a unique meeting of infrastructure and the built environment in Hong Kong.

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47612 Nov 2020
30 min

The rise of alfresco: 

We look at the concept of alfresco dining in 2020 and consider how cities that are new to the concept are trying to adapt.

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9 Nov 2020
5 min

Tall Stories 232: Unasur Building, Quito: 

We head to a now-vacant regional hub in Ecuador for the leftist leaders that comprised the Union of South American Nations.

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4755 Nov 2020
30 min

Utopian Hours: the city at stake: 

We visit the Utopian Hours festival in Turin to discuss what’s at stake right now: the city itself.

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2 Nov 2020
5 min

Tall Stories 231: Vienna’s Wohnstrassen: 

We visit a special kind of street in Vienna where traffic is limited to a walking pace and the roadway is open to pedestrians.

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47429 Oct 2020
30 min

The state of US cities: 

Former mayor of Washington Anthony Williams joins us to discuss the state of US cities as the country prepares for one of its most anticipated elections in decades.

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26 Oct 2020
6 min

Tall Stories 230: Palazzo Pubblico, Siena  : 

We visit Siena’s Palazzo Pubblico to take some civic inspiration from its famed frescoes.

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47322 Oct 2020
30 min

Hope for hospitality: 

We hear from the hospitality sector after one of the toughest years on record for hoteliers.

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19 Oct 2020
7 min

Tall Stories 229: Orgues de Flandre, Paris: 

We visit one of Paris’s many overlooked architectural treasures – a musically inspired set of postwar buildings in northeastern Paris.

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47215 Oct 2020
30 min

Green recovery and indigenous urban design: 

We discuss why now is the time to push for a green recovery and how indigenous city builders can help urban design act as a tool for social change.

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22812 Oct 2020
7 min

Tall Stories 228: Casa Sperimentale, Fregene: 

Monocle’s David Plaisant visits the reopening of an astounding built experiment in a seaside town near Rome.

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4718 Oct 2020
30 min

Checking in on our cities: 

We take a trip around the world with our correspondents to check the pulse of the cities that they call home.

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