Latest podcasts on Urbanism

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5 Dec 2019
30 min

The Urbanist - Comedy and urbanism: 

Laughter is often the best way to deal with complex issues so it’s no wonder that it can make city living more agreeable. This week we explore how humour can be found in the built environment.

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28 Nov 2019
30 min

The Urbanist - Kindness: 

Can a city be kind? And how do citizens, activists and civic organisations show they care about building friendly places?

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24 Oct 2019
30 min

The Urbanist - Alfredo Brillembourg: 

How do you make better homes in informal settlements? Should Caracas embrace the ingenuity of squatter communities? How do you build a sports centre on a shack-covered mountain? And what happens if you don’t do any of the above? Andrew Tuck sits down with Venezuelan architect Alfredo Brillembourg to talk about his work, fears and vision for a new – and radical – urbanism.

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17 Oct 2019
30 min

The Urbanist - Making space: 

How do you design and develop spaces for specific groups and activities? And how do these spaces affect the urban fabric of our cities? The use of public areas guides the way we connect with one another, so it’s important to get it right.

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10 Oct 2019
30 min

The Urbanist - New-towns movement: 

Purpose planned and purpose built, the new-towns movement sought to let some air out of congested industrialised centres after the Second World War. But how have these towns fared and could a fresh wave of them be the cure to some of the 21st century’s urban ailments?

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26 Sep 2019
30 min

The Urbanist - Resite 2019: Regenerate: 

We decamp to Prague to join the 1,000+ attendees at this year’s reSITE conference. Exploring the theme of regeneration, we bring you conversations and contemplations from some of the most interesting names in the urban-planning world.

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9 Dec 2019
4 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 185: The Doorbell: 

Monocle’s Georgina Godwin takes us from Harare to London to explore the significance of the humble doorbell – and how its chimes can become soundtracks to the various episodes of our lives.

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2 Dec 2019
3 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 185: Ghosts: 

Andrew Tuck contemplates the urban apparitions that bring a sense of belonging to the cities in which we live.

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25 Nov 2019
5 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 184: Bank of Georgia, Tbilisi: 

We visit the Bank of Georgia’s Tbilisi HQ: a unique building that takes its design cues from the ‘Space City’ concept, aiming to cover less ground and give the surrounding area back to nature.

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18 Nov 2019
5 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 183: The Flower Nagai Line, Yamagata: 

We take a trip on the Flower Nagai Line, a quirky train line running through Japan’s Yamagata prefecture, that makes for a particularly unique commute.

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11 Nov 2019
8 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 182: New York’s streets: 

We take a look at the streets of New York through the eyes of one man. Originally from Virginia, Matt Green has made it his mission to walk every single street in the Big Apple’s five boroughs – a process that has taken him seven years and counting.

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4 Nov 2019
8 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 181: Eleftheria Square, Nicosia: 

We visit Eleftheria Square in Cyprus’s capital, where a redevelopment designed by Zaha Hadid is still in construction 14 years after work started. Nicosia-based architect Charis Christodoulou updates our Athens correspondent, Daphne Karnezis, on the latest.

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28 Oct 2019
4 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 180: Stari Most, Mostar: 

We cast our eyes toward this stunning 16th-century bridge in Mostar, a tiny city in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The bridge was tragically destroyed during bitter fighting in the early 1990s but it’s since been restored to its former glory with the help of Unesco – and makes Mostar a must-visit spot for all self-respecting bridge fanatics.

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21 Oct 2019
4 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 179: Hawksmoor’s churches, London: 

We take a tour of six distinctive East London churches designed by 18th-century English architect Nicholas Hawksmoor, tracing their history from the first brick to their influence on US postmodernism and UK brutalism.

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14 Oct 2019
6 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 178: Metelkova, Ljubljana: 

We visit a collection of buildings in the Slovenian capital with an intriguing history and an equally compelling present. Metelkova, once a military stronghold, now exists as a countercultural epicentre and, although it’s officially a squat, is actively supported by the mayor and city council.

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7 Oct 2019
4 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 177: Khlongs, Bangkok: 

We take to the water in Bangkok to explore the khlongs, a vast network of canals that crisscross the Southeast Asian city. Home to bustling commuters, tottering tourists and floating markets, these still-thriving waterways are the city’s ancient lifeblood.

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30 Sep 2019
4 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 176: The Vessel, New York: 

We visit Thomas Heatherwick’s often lambasted Vessel, in New York’s Hudson Yards development, to see whether pointed prose or people power is a better judge of character when it comes to unusual structures.

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23 Sep 2019
5 min

The Urbanist - Tall Stories 175: The Narkomfin building, Moscow: 

We’re off to Moscow to look at one of the best-known examples of Constructivist architecture: Moisei Ginzburg’s iconic Narkomfin building. Designed to embody the early-Soviet ideal of communal living but soon falling out of favour with the Kremlin, the building fell into disrepair until Ginzburg’s grandson Alexei led much-needed renovations in 2017.

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