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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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Fostering culture and creativity:

We look at some research and developments that underline the need to support creative and cultural communities in urban areas.

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66511 Jul 2024
27 min

Fostering culture and creativity 

We look at some research and developments that underline the need to support creative and cultural communities in urban areas.

8 Jul 2024
7 min

Tall Stories 416: Postos, Rio de Janeiro 

Tomás Pinheiro looks at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic numbered lifeguard stations and meets the communities surrounding them.

6644 Jul 2024
30 min

Rebuilding Antakya 

We assess the future of the Turkish city of Antakya and delve into the proposed master plan that aims to rebuild the city following the catastrophic earthquakes that struck in February 2023.   

1 Jul 2024
7 min

Tall Stories 415: The Tempodrom, Berlin 

George Ruskin takes us to a postmodern, circus-tent-like event space that has been entertaining Berliners for decades.

66327 Jun 2024
30 min

Floating buildings and maritime architecture 

Can floating cities be the solution to rising sea levels? Can architecture prepare in advance for coastal changes? We explore a few ways that our cities are, or should be, interacting with water. 

24 Jun 2024
4 min

Tall Stories 414: Former headquarters of Deutsche Bahn AG, Frankfurt 

Florian Siebeck visits a late-brutalist building that looms over the Frankfurt skyline to assess what’s next for this cultural monument.

66220 Jun 2024
29 min

Biophilic design, London’s Olympia and transit innovation 

This week we visit one of the jewels in west London’s cultural crown: Olympia. Then: we head to Dublin for a look at the latest in transport technology and we browse two projects in the US that are bringing biophilic design to residents and businesses alike.

17 Jun 2024
5 min

Tall Stories 413: Astana, Kazakhstan 

Carla Hyenne explores Astana, the recently minted capital of Kazakhstan, to see how the move has affected the city and the country as a whole.

66113 Jun 2024
36 min

Urban Land Institute Europe Conference 

As the world continues to change at a rapid pace, what is the real-estate industry doing to address the challenges posed to cities by climate change, market fluctuations and geopolitical risks? This week we’re in Milan to discover how big players in the real-estate and architecture world are adapting to the demands for a more sustainable tomorrow.

10 Jun 2024
6 min

Tall Stories 412: The Yugoslav Ministry of Defence building, Belgrade 

Guy de Launey looks at what the future holds for the largely dilapidated remains of the former Yugoslav Ministry of Defence building in Serbia’s capital.

6606 Jun 2024
30 min

Start with Children summit 

How can we build better cities for future generations? This week we bring you a report from Bratislava, which recently played host to a two-day event bringing together mayors, policymakers, architects and business leaders to discuss how to create safer and greener cities, with children’s health in mind. A place that is designed with children at its core often ends up being more inclusive for all residents. So where do we begin?

3 Jun 2024
4 min

Tall Stories 411: AlUla Public Library 

Mandy Sinclair gets a read of the ancient Saudi Arabian city of AlUla by visiting its public library. 

65930 May 2024
30 min

Urban predictability 

How can urban predictability help us design, plan and build better cities? We examine the real-world lessons that can be taken from digital environments, visit an urban environment simulator and explore how predictive artificial intelligence can be a beneficial tool for municipalities. 

27 May 2024
7 min

Tall Stories 410: The Algonquin Hotel, New York 

Paul Logothetis visits one of New York’s oldest working hotels, which spawned the famous Algonquin Round Table, a who’s who of US literary elites.

65823 May 2024
34 min

Conflict and the city: spaces of peace 

In the final part of our series looking at conflict and the city, we discuss how design and soft power can influence peace negotiations and better bring about constructive conversation between opposing parties.



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