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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.

Monocle 24: The Urbanist Monocle 24

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 49 Ratings

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.

    Tall Stories 314: Varanasi's ghats

    Tall Stories 314: Varanasi's ghats

    Geetanjali Krishna takes us to the narrow lanes leading to the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi to investigate how best they can hold on to their heritage.

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    • 5 min
    Festivals and cities

    Festivals and cities

    Not only do festivals bring culture and fun to urban areas but they can also be the driving force behind regeneration – or even grow to define a city.


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    • 29 min
    Tall Stories 313: Postman’s Park, London

    Tall Stories 313: Postman’s Park, London

    David Stevens stops off in one of London’s lesser-known public parks to visit an unassuming memorial with countless stories to tell.

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    • 4 min
    Seeing cities from the sky

    Seeing cities from the sky

    What can we learn from observing our cities from above? This week we take to the skies, as we talk to veteran British Airways long-haul pilot Mark Vanhoenacker about his new book, ‘Imagine a City’.



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    • 27 min
    Tall Stories 312: Ørestad, Copenhagen

    Tall Stories 312: Ørestad, Copenhagen

    Christian Green visits a new town development in Copenhagen that is struggling to develop a personality of its own and a sense of place for its residents.



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    • 8 min
    The Monocle Quality of Life Survey

    The Monocle Quality of Life Survey

    We explore Monocle magazine’s annual Quality of Life Survey to find out what makes the winning cities tick.



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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

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Interesting topics

Really makes you think, love this podcast

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Informative and engaging

This podcast keeps me motivated and keeps reminding me why I'm studying urban design.

Niktard ,

The big, bad city just got a whole lot nicer.

This is a superb podcast for anyone interested in hearing adroit, informed and completely engaged discussion about all things urban. It’s funny too. Presenter Andrew Tuck, Editor of Monocle, is clearly passionate about his subject but not pompous with it, declaring “The Urbanist is for the people who believe the countryside is best left to cattle and bugs and who find being rammed up against all humanity a good thing”. Whimsy dispensed, he quickly rolls up his city shirtsleeves and gets down to gritty business.

The first episode features three main stories. First up is Jan Gehl, Danish Architect and Urban Planner whose career has focused on improving the quality of urban life by re-orienting city design towards the pedestrian and cyclist.

Next is independent filmmaker Gary Hustwit who joins Tuck in the studio to talk about his new film Urbanised, a documentary about the design of cities in which he features the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.

Finally, the programme talks to Tim Fendley, Co-Founder of Applied, a company that designs wayfinding information. Fendley’s fixation is to make sense of cities and create “eureka moments” when people work out how different parts of a city connect and that they can walk from A to B in far less time they had ever thought possible.

If the first episode is any indication, this podcast series is sure to impress again and again, subtly scratching away the often grimy and one-dimensional perceptions we have of cities and offering a far clearer looking glass to observe our rich metropolises in all their glory.

The Urbanist. The big, bad city just got a whole lot nicer.

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