Tall Stories 234: Finlandia Hall, Helsinki
00:00 / 00:00
23 November 2020
Photo: Guillaume Baviere
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.
23 November 2020
Want more radio episodes like these in your inbox?
Sign up to Monocle’s email newsletters to stay on top of news and opinion, plus the latest from the magazine, radio, film and shop.
The Urbanist - latest episodes
What’s ahead for the way in which we get around in cities? We stop at Comotion LA to explore some new ideas and take a trip to San Diego to see how we can bolster the existing bus network.
Tamsin Howard visits a concert hall in the Icelandic capital that tells the tales of the surrounding culture and landscape.
While much focus has been on nations and their commitments to curb emissions, cities have long been at the forefront of green innovation and clean mobility. Monocle’s Carlota Rebelo reports from Cop27 in Egypt.
Journalist HJ Mai assesses how the US city in the desert, perhaps best known for excess, has become a role model for others during the ongoing water crisis.
One person’s rubbish is another person’s treasure. This week we meet Vienna’s refuse collectors, Istanbul’s ‘eskicis’ and hear how Zagreb and Belgrade are addressing visual pollution in their cities.
Geetanjali Krishna investigates how India’s Pink City got its name, and what effect the rosy hue has on residents today.
Cities are better when shared. We look into The Phoenix, a new sustainable neighbourhood planned for the south of England; talk about co-operative housing in Zürich; and stop by a new co-living complex in Leuven.
Ivan Carvalho visits a Louis Kahn-designed laboratory that exemplifies science and aesthetics cohabiting in harmony.
We check in on a few of the mayoral races taking place in North America that have caught our attention recently and speak to an incumbent mayor whose city plays a role in US national elections.
Guy De Launey visits a crater-like site in his neighbourhood that has become a showcase for sustainable construction techniques.
We wrap up our conference season at Utopian Hours festival in the north of Italy, where we get urban inspiration from seven speakers and investigate why Turin has seen a burst of creative city building in recent years.
Paul Logothetis visits one of Madrid’s historic skyscrapers, recently reborn as a hotel after lying dormant for more than a decade.
We reflect on what we learned at this year’s Bloomberg Citylab conference in Amsterdam – from the right to protest and shade equity to cycling infrastructure and the power of local government.
Mary Holland visits a converted factory space in a historically working-class neighbourhood of Mexico City.
We assess the challenges ahead for cities as global temperatures continue to rise and some of the ways we hope to mitigate against the sweltering heat.