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Monocle 24: The Urbanist Podcast

Monocle 24: The Urbanist Podcast

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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.


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Urban violence

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Apr 27, 2017


Are certain cities synonymous with certain crimes? We speak with urban activists from three different regions about dealing with violence and ask if design can change the way the public perceives the police.

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Tall Stories 53: Cairo Tower

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Apr 24, 2017


We head to Egypt to hear the story of the Cairo Tower, the tallest structure in North Africa. Designed by Egyptian architect Naoum Shebib, it is one of the city’s most well-known modern monuments.

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‘Frontier City’ and missing links

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Apr 20, 2017


We speak to Shawn Micallef about his new book ‘Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness’, hear about Melbourne’s missing rail link and ask if Paris will be able to connect the city to its suburbs.

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Tall Stories 52: strolling around Bologna

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Apr 17, 2017


We take an evening stroll around Bologna and enjoy some of the city’s beautiful outdoor public spaces, from the central square, the Piazza Maggiore, to walkways sheltered by medieval porticoes.

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The built environment and Toronto’s missing middle

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Apr 13, 2017


This week we talk to Sarah Williams Goldhagen on the way our built environment shapes us, hear about Toronto’s missing middle and New York’s latest addition: a floating food forest.

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Tall Stories 51: The Old England department store

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Apr 10, 2017


We wax lyrical about one of Brussels most spectacular art-nouveau structures: the Old England department store, which is now home to the Musical Instruments Museum.

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Something old, something new

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Apr 6, 2017


We discuss China’s plans to build a brand-new city three times the size of New York, hear how Serbia’s capital is preparing for a cycling revolution and examine the project trying to “beautify” Cairo’s downtown.

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Tall Stories 50: the house of Black Madonna

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Apr 3, 2017


When Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque pioneered cubism in Paris, young Czech artists such as Pavel Jan?k and Josef Go??r saw the artistic movement as a way to dilute their country’s decorative architectural style. Czechoslovakia was one of the first nations to apply cubism to architecture and the house of Black Madonna was the very first cubist house built in Europe.

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Sensory urbanism

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Mar 30, 2017


How can we improve the way we interact with our cities? This week we explore a ‘sensory’ waterfront in Seattle, hop on a smelling tour of Austria’s capital and ask if Lisbon is tackling noise as it should.

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Tall Stories 49: Daily News Building

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Mar 27, 2017


‘The New York Daily News’ is no longer headquartered on East 42nd Street, but the Daily News Building still stands as a shining art deco tribute to the art of the newspaper. And while its designer left an indelible mark on the city, to many outside observers the building might be more familiar as the workplace of a certain mild-mannered reporter.

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Loneliness

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Mar 23, 2017


Cities are busy beasts but being constantly surrounded by people doesn’t necessarily prevent us from feeling lonely. The hustle and bustle of city life can be overwhelming, especially for newcomers – so what’s the best way to tackle urban loneliness?

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Tall Stories 48: the English pug and the French poodle

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Mar 20, 2017


Monocle’s Toronto bureau chief, Tomos Lewis, takes us to Montr?al to assess the significance of two bronze statues – of two pet pooches – that speak of the city’s past divisions and the promise of a unified future.

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On track?

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Mar 16, 2017


All Olympic Games host cities must consider their legacy and whether the price of hosting is actually worth it. We look back to Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and more.

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Tall Stories 47: park benches

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Mar 13, 2017


This week we make our way to Regent’s Park to find traditional London park benches: wooden armrests at either end and wide enough to accommodate three ample backsides. Who doesn’t love a good park bench?

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Technology in the cities

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Mar 9, 2017


From innovations in public lighting to what Madrid’s new Google Campus has done for the city, how has the digital revolution caught up with our cities? Plus: Vienna’s uneasy relationship with technology and a word from our Hong Kong bureau chief.

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Tall Stories 46: Ikseon-dong

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Mar 6, 2017


This week we head to Seoul to visit a neighbourhood that’s beaten the odds. Ikseon-dong was the country’s first real-estate development project back in the early 1930s – but there’s not much left in the city from that period.

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Positive migration

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Mar 2, 2017


There are many ways to talk about migration and at a time when the debate is so divided, we highlight some of the projects and stories doing it the right way.

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Tall Stories 45: Bratislava's Panelaky

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Feb 27, 2017


Forty years of communist planning left an indelible architectural mark on Slovakia, with rows upon rows of shabby prefabricated blocks. By some estimates Slovakia is home to more of them than any other country in the former Soviet bloc. But a recent project in Bratislava has demonstrated that the outdated buildings can be updated to meet modern standards.

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Rethinking the city

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Feb 23, 2017


In this special live episode of The Urbanist, Monocle editor Andrew Tuck hands over the floor to Arne Olsson, managing director of Folkhem, Martin Barry, founder of Resite, Elizabeth Reynolds, director of Urben and Nick Rees, architectural director of The Collective, who will discuss the future of the city.

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Tall Stories 44: Pirelli Tower

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Feb 20, 2017


We explore the 32-storey skyscraper that is one of Milan’s most influential pieces of modern architecture.

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Not so easy

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Feb 16, 2017


City-building is tough – we try to imagine how tough it is in a secluded country such as North Korea. Meanwhile, Cairo plans to build a new administrative capital in the desert. Plus: what do fashion houses do for our cities?

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Tall Stories 43: Hong Kong’s street names

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Feb 13, 2017


Our Hong Kong bureau chief James Chambers gives us a snapshot of how the city’s historical ties with the UK can be seen all across its streets – and what that means for residents.

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What's in a name?

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Feb 9, 2017


A name can be a very powerful thing for a city: it’s not only how people identify locations and buildings but one of the most important branding tools too. But what happens when a name simply stops working?

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Tall Stories 42: London’s gas-lit lamps

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Feb 6, 2017


This week we go on a stroll around London where about 1,500 gas-powered lamps, some more than 200 years old, still burn brightly.

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Sanctuary cities

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Feb 2, 2017


During this past week the term “sanctuary city” has resurfaced – in great part thanks to Donald Trump. We unpack what a sanctuary city means, look at Europe for an example of integration and ask what should be done differently too.

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Tall Stories 41: Ellis Island

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Jan 30, 2017


For more than 60 years Ellis Island was the busiest immigrant inspection station in the US. We look at the space where more than 12 million immigrants got the opportunity to begin a new life.

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Desafio Carioca, Hong Kong and Milan

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Jan 26, 2017


Almost a month after the new South Island Line was inaugurated, we examine the impact that it had in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, we find out how a plan to build down instead of up could create a new open-air amphitheatre in Milan’s historical centre. Plus: we play a real-life board game in which players roll the dice to roam around Rio de Janeiro.

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Tall Stories 40: Redecorating the White House

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Jan 23, 2017


As Donald Trumps settles in at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, our New York bureau chief Ed Stocker looks at the changes (aesthetically speaking) that he might make within.

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Out of the box

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Jan 19, 2017


This week we look at those slightly unusual structures that make you ask: how did that get built and what does it say about the city that hosts it? We cover some very obvious eyesores, peculiar street furniture and divisive buildings challenging all architectural norms and models. Is it time for us to embrace them?

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Tall Stories 39: The Peninsula Hotel

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Jan 16, 2017


This week we visit the hotel that earned the nickname the “Grand Dame of the Far East”. Our Hong Kong bureau chief James Chambers takes us through the city’s Peninsula Hotel.

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New year, new city?

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Jan 12, 2017


It's a brand new year and with it comes change and resolutions – not just for us but for our cities too. We meet Rio de Janeiro’s new mayor, find out why it took nearly 100 years for a new subway extension to be added in New York and see how Vienna is using 2017 to abolish a very unusual tax.

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Tall Stories 38: Casa dos Bicos

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Jan 9, 2017


This week we visit one of the most peculiar structures in Lisbon: a building covered with 1,125 diamond-shapes stones.

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Should a city host a design week?

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Jan 5, 2017


With more than 100 design weeks around the world, design worshippers are hard-pressed to visit them all. Yet new cities are always being added. So why are so many municipalities trying to link their names with ‘Design’ and what can being a host bring to a city?

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Tall Stories 37: Z?rich’s transport triumph

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Jan 2, 2017


Switzerland’s largest city has some of the best transport infrastructure in the world. But what makes it so good and can other cities replicate it? Henry Rees-Sheridan investigates.

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The Urbanist: best of 2016

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Dec 29, 2016


We bring you some of the best moments on ‘The Urbanist’ this year, including reports from Rio de Janeiro, Moscow and Seattle – and even a chat from the top of a tree.

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Tall Stories: best of 2016

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Dec 22, 2016


We bring you highlights from 2016’s ‘Tall Stories’, including a tale of the river Thames, the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial and Singapore’s Cavenagh Bridge.

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Jane Jacobs

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Dec 15, 2016


In a special episode of ‘The Urbanist’, we look at the life and legacy of Jane Jacobs, one of the most influential urban thinkers and city activists of our time.

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Tall Stories 36: RKO Pictures

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Dec 12, 2016


The RKO Pictures logo once conjured up feelings of anticipation among cinemagoers around the world but today its history is largely relegated to the pages of history books. However, as Monocle’s Ben Rylan learns there are still a few clues left for eager Los Angeles sidewalk explorers to discover as they stroll along Melrose Avenue.

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Come together

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Dec 8, 2016


This week we report from the C40 conference where mayors gathered to discuss how to implement positive change in the world. Hop on a boat in Lisbon to talk about how collective action and architecture come together and we unpack the emerging trend of building over transit lines.

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Tall Stories 35: Trafalgar Square’s Christmas tree

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Dec 5, 2016


As nations around the globe get into the festive season, our Business editor Matt Alagiah takes a look at one of the UK’s most established and deeply symbolic Christmas traditions: the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree.

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Grand tour

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Dec 1, 2016


This week we head to Cairo to talk about how good design has helped the city change for the better, chat with Brazil’s tourism minister Marx Beltr?o and catch up with Buenos Aires mayor Horacio Rodriguez Larreta.

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Tall Stories 34: take a dive

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Nov 28, 2016


Fernando Augusto Pacheco tells us all about his love affair with swimming pools, from his native S?o Paulo to his community pool in London's Soho.

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All aboard – choo, choo!

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Nov 24, 2016


The city that is bringing back trains from the late 1950s, an award-winning station with no town and how Austria is aiming to become Europe’s largest night-train operator.

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Tall Stories 33: Zurich’s drinking fountains

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Nov 21, 2016


Switzerland’s largest city might be best known as a global centre for banking and finance but a quick glance at Z?rich’s streets can tell a different story: the city is home to about 1,200 drinking fountains.

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CityLab 2016, part 2

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Nov 17, 2016


We continue our coverage of this year’s edition of CityLab, which brings together the world’s top mayors, urban leaders and innovators. Featuring the Good Chance Theatre in Calais, how Los Angeles is looking to transform its transport, a chat about housing with the mayor of Seattle, Ed Murray, and a new report by the McKinsey Global Institute.

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Tall Stories 32: Trump Tower

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Nov 14, 2016


As the world reacts to Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US presidential elections, our New York bureau chief Ed Stocker takes a stroll along 5th Avenue to examine Trump Tower.

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CityLab 2016

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Nov 10, 2016


We report from CityLab 2016, a two-and-a-half day summit that has gathered the world’s top mayors, urban leaders and innovators for a series of conversations on ideas that are shaping our planet’s urban centres.

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Tall Stories 31: The Kingsway

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Nov 7, 2016


It was a road that was designed to deliver some imperial swagger to London but today there’s something depressing about The Kingsway. Wouldn’t it have been better if the Edwardians had left us a knot of alleys and streets instead?

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Water

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Nov 3, 2016


We learn how Unesco is trying to save Thailand’s landmarks from floods, discover Seattle’s innovative way of catching stormwater and head to Lesotho to profile Africa’s biggest water-transfer project. Plus: ‘Water: California’, a new photo series by photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz, commissioned by the Syngenta Photography Award.

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Tall Stories 30: urban fox

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Oct 31, 2016


A fox is perhaps the most famous form of urban wildlife, with an estimated 30,000 living in towns and cities across the UK. On this week’s ‘Tall Stories’ our contributing editor Andrew Mueller puts on his fluffy tail and explores what goes on in the mind of a fox that lives in the city.

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City animals

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Oct 27, 2016


We meet some friendly otters in Singapore, go on a night out with some Spanish bats and board a plane via JFK’s new animal terminal, the Ark. Plus: falcon-spotting in London with the ‘grandmother of peregrines’.

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Tall Stories 29: London’s protected views

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Oct 24, 2016


We uncover the system of protected views that continues to stymie London’s vertical growth.

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Hit the john!

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Oct 20, 2016


There’s very little glamour in the way cities get rid of human waste. But it is important to see how they are doing this around the world: from loos at the carnival in Rio de Janeiro and the new public facilities in Madrid to a public toilet playing classical music in Vienna.

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Tall Stories 28: Honest Ed's

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Oct 17, 2016


We take a tour of one of Toronto’s most fabled discount department stores, first opened in 1948.

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Green spaces

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Oct 13, 2016


Parks and gardens can provide a much needed escape from the day-to-day rush in a city. This week we discover London’s newest community garden south of the river, head to the outskirts of Vienna for a members-only green living experience and catch up with the Nature Society of Singapore.

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Tall Stories 27: Belgrade’s Genex Tower

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Oct 10, 2016


It could be one of the city’s icons but Belgrade’s Western Gate is not quite as it should be. Also known as the Genex Tower, this relic of the Tito era is the first notable structure seen by many visitors on their way into Serbia’s capital.

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Historic preservation, cycling and 100 Resilient Cities

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Oct 6, 2016


We talk to Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, about the quest to revitalise historic buildings in the US. Plus: architecture’s influence on the way we learn, cycling in Hong Kong and part two of our interview with Michael Berkowitz, president of 100 Resilient Cities.

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Tall Stories 26: Florence’s Le Murate

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Oct 3, 2016


Just a short walk from Florence’s historical centre you’ll find a structure that hosts a cultural centre alongside shops and a housing complex. But once upon a time this building was walled up from the bustling life of the city. We take a look at the fascinating history of Le Murate.

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Abandoned buildings

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Sep 29, 2016


Some buildings are completely derelict and inspire their fair share of urban myths while plans to repurpose long-abandoned structures mean that they’re often left in limbo. Plus: we chat to Michael Berkowitz, president of 100 Resilient Cities.

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Tall Stories 25: Singapore’s Parkview Square

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Sep 26, 2016


Between Singapore’s financial district and cosmopolitan Rochor you’ll see one of the city’s most eccentric buildings: Parkview Square. Or, as it is commonly known, the Batman Building.

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Bicycles: hop on

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Sep 22, 2016


As more and more people choose to hop on a bike rather than a crammed tram, we examine the cycle revolution that is just around the corner. We see how bike tours are improving one of Johannesburg’s poorest communities, check out cycling in traffic-prone Cairo and discuss how bicycles are used in celebrations in Vancouver. Plus: a 3,500km journey across Europe.

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Tall Stories 24: Sint-Annatunnel

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Sep 19, 2016


The ?river ?Schelde is the lifeblood of Antwerp? but with no bridges crossing it there’s only one way to get to the other side by foot. We take a stroll down the Sint-Annatunnel.

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Beyazit, biennales and bikes

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Sep 15, 2016


We catch up with the Lebanese pavilion at the London Design Biennale, check out the newly renovated Beyazit State Library in Istanbul and explore Moscow’s disappearing kiosks. Plus: the latest trends in urban cycling from Eurobike 2016.

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Tall Stories 23: Mount Pleasant Post Office

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Sep 12, 2016


An underground railway, a billion letters and a good few inches of postman’s leg: we gasp at the utilitarian beauty of London’s Mount Pleasant Post Office.

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Escaping the city

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Sep 8, 2016


City life can be a little full on. We find out why it feels good to get away from the concrete, the crowds and the chaos and highlight a few quiet spots in which to slow down before getting back to the bustle of our cities.

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Tall Stories 22: The Egg

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Sep 5, 2016


We head to Beirut to find out about the history and uncertain future of The Egg. Is it a relic of Lebanon’s long gone golden era or a painful reminder of the civil war?

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Parades

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Sep 1, 2016


We hand over the stage to the streets of our cities as we examine the impact of annual parades and ask why we flock together to watch neatly choreographed military marches and people dancing in colourful costumes.

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Tall Stories 21: the Cascade

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Aug 29, 2016


In the Armenian capital of Yerevan there is one structure that draws attention like no other: the Cascade. We check out the brainchild of a group of pioneering modernist architects in the 1960s.

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Housing

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Aug 25, 2016


This week we explore housing projects and how to make them work, from Sydney’s most notorious and somewhat unusual Sirius Building to Singapore’s social housing and the UK’s infamous council estates.

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Tall Stories 20: the tabaccheria sign

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Aug 22, 2016


What is the secret to effective, eye-catching shop signage? In the case of the Italian tabaccheria – known for its white “T” against a dark background – consistency is key.

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Why so moody?

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Aug 18, 2016


There’s a correlation between the built environment and the way we feel as an individual but how does that apply to the population as a whole? This week we assess if there’s such a thing as a “collective mood” in our urban environments and what essentially makes a city happy or sad.

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Tall Stories 19: the Brazilian kiosk

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Aug 15, 2016


They might not be the most glamorous in the world but there's something thrilling to be found in the gritty grey newsstands on the streets of S?o Paulo.

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Water under the bridge

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Aug 11, 2016


Bridges play an active role in the way in which we interact with cities and they also influence how our urban environments evolve. This week we discover how something that is meant to unite us can be divisive, from a pedestrian crossing in Adelaide to Calgary’s Peace Bridge. Plus: we ask why it has taken London so long to build a new bridge over the Thames.

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Tall Stories 18: Moscow’s Egg House

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Aug 8, 2016


The architectural and urban legacy of former Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov remains the subject of heated debate. While he condoned the destruction of historic buildings and streets, he also encouraged architectural experiments such as the city’s Egg House.

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DNC, World Fair and taxi sharing

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Aug 4, 2016


We hear from two mayors on the sidelines of the Democratic National Convention on how to better connect local authorities with state and federal government. Plus: we hitch a ride in Beirut’s taxi-sharing system and reflect on the fact that it’s been a year since the World Fair packed its bags and left Milan.

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Tall Stories 17: Madrid’s Torres Blancas

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Aug 1, 2016


Built in the 1960s, Madrid’s eccentric Torres Blancas continues to rouse the imagination of the Spanish capital despite being closed off to a rather curious public.

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Rio’s Olympic urban legacy

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Jul 28, 2016


In this special episode of ‘The Urbanist’ we look at the highs and lows of Rio’s urban makeover, how the city will be seen during the Games and more importantly what will remain after the Olympic movement leaves town.

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Tall Stories 16: Lisbon’s tram wires

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Jul 25, 2016


Scratching the blue sky above Lisbon, the electrical wires of the iconic yellow trams show us how the city has evolved over the years.

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Summer in the city

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Jul 21, 2016


How does a city change when the sun shines? Be it balmy evenings in the park, dinner by the river or the sand between your toes, there’s something about a rise in temperature that just makes everyone that bit happier.

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Tall Stories 15: The world at your feet

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Jul 18, 2016


Look down at your feet with determination and you will see some of the most powerful city branding: well-worn pavements.

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Keep on moving

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Jul 14, 2016


We catch up with businesses “on the go”, from a travelling cinema in Vienna to the delicious food-truck craze in Paris. Plus: we hop on a houseboat in London that doubles as a record shop.

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Tall Stories 14: A short walk through Shibuya

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Jul 11, 2016


A short walk to school through Shibuya in Tokyo takes us past a coffee shop, a fishmonger and even prime minister Shinzo Abe’s street.

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An ‘Urbanist’ melting pot

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Jul 7, 2016


We report on some of the key issues that have been debated across conference rooms in the past few weeks: the impact that creative industries have in our cities at Music Cities Convention; the idea of a zero-carbon London at The Liveable City; and the challenges Prague is facing at Resite 2016.

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Tall Stories 13: Ponte City

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Jul 4, 2016


We look at the transformation of Ponte City and discover how it is a symbol of Johannesburg's complex and troubled history.

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Prague: Resite 2016

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Jun 30, 2016


This week we report from Resite, a two-day conference in Prague that aims to tackle one of the biggest challenges for modern cities: migration. We speak with experts, policy-makers and more to understand how cities are standing up to the test.

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Tall Stories 12: Haydarpasa Station

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Jun 27, 2016


A genteel slice of Germania on the Bosphorus, Istanbul’s old Haydarpasa Station is the real junction in Turkey’s modern history.

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Refugees and integration

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Jun 23, 2016


We explore examples of integration in Europe, from a Viennese restaurant that hires only refugees to the Refugee Aid Miksaliste organisation in Belgrade. Plus: how a park in Copenhagen became a global symbol of multiculturalism.

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Tall Stories 11: Estadio Centenario

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Jun 20, 2016


It’s one of the most storied sporting arenas in Uruguay and one of the most fabled football stadiums in the world. We head to Montevideo to explore the 1930s art deco gem Estadio Centenario.

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AoU: the future of urbanism

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Jun 16, 2016


It’s not an easy task to examine the great urban trends of tomorrow. This week we report from the 10th Congress of the Academy of Urbanism and hear the lessons that cities can learn from each other.

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Tall Stories 10: the British Library

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Jun 13, 2016


We head to central London's Euston Road to visit the British Library. Back in 2014 when the building was given its heritage listing, it created much chatter and surprise among those who remember its turbulent story; we find out why.

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Legacy

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Jun 9, 2016


What lessons can we learn from past urbanists about how to build a better future for our cities? We discuss everything from how to make a good urban design outlast its designer to rebuilding from the ground up and Kenzo Tange. Plus: Vienna’s Nazi past.

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Tall Stories 9: Sydney’s Opera House

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, Jun 6, 2016


The Sydney Opera House opened in 1973 and has since become the city’s most recognisable building. Unique as an arts venue, nothing looked like it before and nothing has looked like it since.

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The Urbanist Live – London special

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, Jun 2, 2016


In this special live episode of The Urbanist, Monocle editor Andrew Tuck hands over the floor to city-planners and urban leaders to discuss how to build a better London. Featuring Peter York, consultant and author, Sharon Ament, the director of the Museum of London, Peter Wynne Rees, professor of places and city planning at UCL and Christopher Choa, vice-president at Aecom.

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Tall Stories 8: A tale of the River Thames

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, May 30, 2016


Running through the heart of London, the River Thames has long been the lifeblood of the city’s commerce, leisure and worship. We immerse ourselves in its rich liquid history.

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Water

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, May 26, 2016


We’re all hydrated and ready to go. This week we look at water-sensitive urban design, unpack our relationship with the ocean, discover the joys of cycling by the river and examine the devastating effects that water can have.

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Tall Stories 7: Vienna, a structure that is no more

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, May 23, 2016


Angelika Fitz, an architecture critic and the future head of Vienna’s Architecture Museum, takes us to the Vienna State Opera. There we look back to the year 2000 when an artistic intervention in front of the opera house left tourists and passers-by in awe.

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Sport and the city

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, May 19, 2016


Dust off those sport socks and lace up your trainers – this week we’re all about sport in the city. We discuss everything from urban regeneration and sport to the origins of Australian rules football. Plus: the abundance of Olympic pools in Belgrade and what football clubs in Istanbul reveal about the modern city and the people who live there.

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Tall Stories 6: Cavenagh Bridge

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, May 16, 2016


This week we head to Singapore to take a tour of Cavenagh Bridge. This elegant suspension bridge showcased new civil-engineering techniques under British rule and has featured in many of Joseph Conrad’s novels. Our guide is Kelvin Ang, director of conservation management at the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore. ‘Tall Stories’ is a weekly feature brought to you by the team behind ‘The Urbanist’.

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Mapping the city

Author: Monocle 24
Thu, May 12, 2016


Compass and ruler in hand, we examine the history and politics behind the mapping of our cities. We look at new approaches in Toronto and find out more about the Graphia project, where Scandinavian aesthetics meet Hong Kong.

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Tall Stories 5: Oslo R?dhus

Author: Monocle 24
Mon, May 9, 2016


We head to one of Oslo’s most famous buildings: R?dhus, or city hall. Designed by Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson, it is the proud venue of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and was named the city’s structure of the century back in 2005. ‘Tall Stories’ is a weekly feature brought to you by the team behind ‘The Urbanist’.

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