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Monocle 24: The Urbanist

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Tall Stories 152: Portland’s Koin Center

03:41 | Apr 15th

Built in 1984, this art deco-style tower by the Hawthorne bridge is one of the most recognisable buildings in the city’s skyline.

Shouting from the rooftops

29:54 | Apr 11th

We explore the many options for urban-rooftop spaces. From city agriculture to solar power, drinking and dining to drone parking, we go through some potential plans for your next upper-level project.

Tall Stories 151: the Otto-Wagner Hospital

06:47 | Apr 8th

A psychiatric hospital built by the giant of 20th-century Austrian architecture, Otto Wagner, is now due to vacate the premises to make way for apartments and a university.

What’s new?

27:25 | Apr 4th

We find out why Amsterdam wants to reclaim more than 11,000 car-parking spaces, how a Paris suburb is limbering up for the 2024 Olympic Games, get a dose of immersive tourism in Sarajevo and a look at Chicago’s newly elected mayor.

Tall Stories 150: Pittsburgh’s bridges

05:10 | Apr 1st

This week we head to the steel powerhouse of Pittsburgh, which happens to be the proud home of 446 bridges.

Affordable housing

25:07 | Mar 28th

We look at Helsinki’s model of mixed housing, Cairo’s plan to end all slum dwellings by the end of the year and hear why the state of California is suing some of its own cities over affordability.

Tall Stories 149: Sick-building syndrome

05:41 | Mar 25th

This week we look at this poorly understood phenomenon, spotlighting Alexander Fleming House in London by modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger.

New projects

26:13 | Mar 21st

We look at Hong Kong’s Lantau Tomorrow Vision project, hear about a new all-female ride-sharing company in São Paulo and more.

Tall Stories 148: LA’s Spring Street bike lane

03:13 | Mar 18th

This week we hear from Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles’ chief design officer who holds forth on a disastrous Downtown bike-lane blunder on Spring Street.

Urban wildlife

24:30 | Mar 14th

This week we look at urban wildlife across the globe – and how people feel about it. Hear about kangaroos in Canberra, weasels in Cairo and even scorpions in São Paulo.

Tall Stories 147: Vienna and Joseph Stalin

07:50 | Mar 11th

Many monuments to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin quickly dismantled or destroyed after his death. Today Vienna is home to the only remaining memorial to the communist leader in western Europe.

Shared mobility

27:05 | Mar 7th

Electric scooters take over the cobbles in Lisbon, car-sharing app Mobility4All is putting senior citizens first and New York’s mayor Bill de Blasio calls e-bikes one of his city’s biggest dangers.

Tall Stories 146: Michigan Building

05:10 | Mar 4th

This week we head to Detroit to hear the story of a parking garage housed inside an old theatre.

Food & the city

28:38 | Feb 28th

What’s your city’s best-kept food secret? This week we sample a tasting menu across Europe to discover how different urban areas feel about food.

Tall Stories 145: Vienna’s ground-floor gas stations

06:43 | Feb 25th

There’s little room in Vienna for stand-alone service stations so petrol pumps had to be put into the ground floors of buildings. But many of these small and quirky stations are now disappearing.

France special

28:30 | Feb 21st

This week it’s all about France as be bring to air some of the stories we found while creating our special Gallic March issue of Monocle.

Tall Stories 144: Helsinki’s City Theatre

05:19 | Feb 18th

We head to Finland to discover the history of one the country’s modernist icons.

Elements: fire

26:50 | Feb 14th

We wrap up our four-part series on elements with a look at fires and the efforts around the world to control them.

Tall Stories 143: Copacabana Palace

03:51 | Feb 11th

The Copacabana Palace is an icon of Brazilian glamour that’s standing the test of time and remains the place to be seen in the city.

Elements: earth

28:41 | Feb 7th

Earthquakes are one of the most unpredictable and uncontrollable natural disasters that our urban centres face. We continue our series on elements with a spotlight on Los Angeles.

Tall Stories 142: Hundertwasserhaus

06:06 | Feb 4th

This week we head to Vienna to hear the story of the odd – but architecturally interesting – Hundertwasserhaus.

Elements: air

27:18 | Jan 31st

We meet the author of new book called ‘Choked’ that takes a fresh approach to air pollution, look at super typhoons in Hong Kong and sing the praises of the creator of the humble AC unit.

Tall Stories 141: The Braille Institute of America

05:16 | Jan 28th

Monocle’s Tomos Lewis takes us on a tour of this brutalist complex designed by the architects Arthur Yohannan and Sergio Miranda.

Elements: water

24:09 | Jan 24th

How are our cities dealing with rising water levels? And what approaches are being used to make them more resilient?

Tall Stories 140: Sunset Tower

04:47 | Jan 21st

Monocle’s Andrew Tuck takes a look at this Hollywood architectural legend – and the tales behind it.

Spring cleaning

29:30 | Jan 17th

How to keep New York’s subway clean, why Calgary is using beetroot brine to clear the streets of snow and the importance of going green. And a city icon: Rio de Janeiro’s street-sweepers.

Tall Stories 139: Moscow's trolleybuses

05:57 | Jan 14th

Trolleybuses have been used extensively in Moscow since they first appeared in 1933. Now the city’s government wants to get rid of them, citing traffic concerns and maintenance costs.

Back on track

29:04 | Jan 10th

We head to San Francisco to hear how a city can be built on such steep topography, examine Vienna’s plans to reduce property speculation and get an architectural tour of former Yugoslav cities.

Tall Stories 138: Premier House

04:26 | Jan 7th

This week we head to Wellington where, nestled into the side of a hill and on a quiet suburban street, you can find Premier House – the official residence of the country’s prime minister.

The Best of Tall Stories 2018

27:06 | Jan 3rd

We kick off the year with a recap of the best Tall Stories of 2018, including a secret garden in the desert and a former government building with a mural by Pablo Picasso on its façade.

The best of The Urbanist

28:52 | Dec 28th, 2018

We look back at some of the highlights of 2018 on The Urbanist, including the power of audio in architecture, murder rates and the history of Covent Garden Market. Plus: a game show.

The key themes of 2018

29:51 | Dec 20th, 2018

On this week’s special edition, Monocle editor Andrew Tuck is joined by Kat Hanna and Christian Wolmar to look back at some of the main themes in urbanism, city-planning and architecture from the year gone by.

Tall Stories 137: The 1984 Sarajevo Games

06:25 | Dec 17th, 2018

With civil war destroying much of what was built for the Games, this city’s Olympic legacy is a particularly poignant one. We reflect on the design achievements that were lost – and celebrate those that survived.

Traffic

27:25 | Dec 14th, 2018

City-dwellers cannot avoid traffic jams, roundabouts and pedestrian crossings as cars continue to dominate our urban areas. Join us as we unpack traffic and how driving affects us.

Tall Stories 136: the Supreme Court of British Columbia complex

06:50 | Dec 10th, 2018

We’re in Vancouver to assess how one of its central institutional buildings – which is also one of the country’s architectural gems – might offer lessons to city-builders across Canada today.

Athens special

27:48 | Dec 6th, 2018

To coincide with the release of our new Athens travel guide, Monocle’s Venetia Rainey takes the temperature of the city she calls home.

Tall Stories 135: Niemeyer in Tripoli

05:50 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Oscar Niemeyer designed the Rashid Karami International Fair in Tripoli in the 1960s. But before work was complete the country descended into civil war and now the magnificent site is slowly crumbling.

LA CoMotion part 2

28:10 | Nov 29th, 2018

Monocle’s editor Andrew Tuck and America’s editor at large Ed Stocker wrap up their report from this year’s urban-mobility conference LA CoMotion.

Tall Stories 134: Northland Mall

05:50 | Nov 26th, 2018

What can the mastermind of the much-maligned mall teach us about cherishing our high streets? Plenty, says Monocle's Josh Fehnert.

LA CoMotion part 1

28:43 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Monocle’s editor Andrew Tuck and Americas editor at large Ed Stocker team up in Los Angeles to report from this year’s urban-mobility conference LA CoMotion.

Tall Stories 133: Red Vienna

09:03 | Nov 19th, 2018

Sandwiched between the grassroots Vienna settlement movement and the ascent of fascism in 1934, Red Vienna is a unique example of social housing.

The London bus

29:26 | Nov 15th, 2018

We devote an episode to London’s most recognisable form of transport: the bus. Authors Travis Elborough and Joe Kerr discuss their book ‘Bus Fare’.

Tall Stories 132: London’s Soho

03:53 | Nov 12th, 2018

Monocle 24's Fernando Augusto Pacheco examines the changing face of London's Soho, from it being a place where you’d go to dance to becoming a mecca for menswear.

CityLab 2018

32:45 | Nov 8th, 2018

This year’s edition of CityLab brought together more than 600 city leaders to discuss some of the world’s most urgent urban issues; here’s our report.

Tall Stories 131: Kavanagh building

03:37 | Nov 5th, 2018

Monocle editor Andrew Tuck takes us to Buenos Aires to bring us the story of what was once the highest skyscraper in Latin America.

Special live edition

30:12 | Nov 1st, 2018

Monocle editor Andrew Tuck is joined by Henry Squire, Alice Cabaret, Sam Potte and Kat Hanna for a live edition of the programme, celebrating the launch of ‘The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities’.

Tall Stories 130: Old Elbe tunnel

05:37 | Oct 29th, 2018

We head to the port city of Hamburg to explore a centenary structure that connects the centre to the southern shore of the Elbe.

Genoa: after the Morandi bridge

33:28 | Oct 25th, 2018

On 14 August, during heavy rainfall, a motorway bridge collapsed in Genoa. It brought the region to a standstill and now, two months on, we’re back in the city to try and understand the consequences.

Tall Stories 129: Royal Tyrrell Museum

11:32 | Oct 22nd, 2018

We’re in the small town of Drumheller in central Alberta to hear the story of a building that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

Toronto’s mayoral election

29:48 | Oct 18th, 2018

As Toronto gears up to elect a new mayor, we bring you a special edition unpacking the key issues. Plus: interviews with the candidates: incumbent John Tory and former chief city-planner Jennifer Keesmaat.

Tall Stories 128: Y-Block

06:24 | Oct 15th, 2018

We’re in Oslo to hear the story of a former government building left in limbo since the 2011 terrorist attacks. But many argue in favour of its architectural value, mainly due to the large mural on its façade designed by Pablo Picasso.

Cities on screen

29:36 | Oct 11th, 2018

From sci-fi to rom-coms and beyond, we cast our gaze to the silver screen to get some notes on how to build our cities right, plus a bit of set-jetting too.

Tall Stories 127: Community cinemas

05:19 | Oct 8th, 2018

Despite the arrival of streaming services and multiplex theatres, good independent cinemas are thriving. This week we examine the charm – and power – of the community cinema.

Highlights

29:59 | Oct 4th, 2018

This week we raid our archive and bring you a special highlight episode: we discover how Albania has cracked down on organised crime, why violent crime rates have been dropping in the US and much more.

Tall Stories 126: Millennium Dome

07:45 | Oct 1st, 2018

This bold urban project was designed to usher the UK into the third millennium but it didn't quite go according to plan.

On the move

24:48 | Sep 27th, 2018

It’s the last instalment of our series unpacking ‘The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities’. This week we turn our focus to mobility.

Tall Stories 125: Helsinki Central Railway Station

04:36 | Sep 24th, 2018

With 200,000 passengers a day, Helsinki Central Railway Station is Finland’s most visited building. But its significance for the Nordic nation lies in much more than just the people who travel through its doors.

Work & the city

28:54 | Sep 20th, 2018

We continue to unpack our new book, ‘The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities’. This week we turn our focus to chapter 7, looking at the places where we work.

Tall Stories 124: The Melnikov House

07:22 | Sep 17th, 2018

Konstantin Melnikov’s most significant building was the house he built for himself in 1929. It remained in the Melnikov family for decades until, in 2014 after much legal wrangling, it was taken over by the Moscow Museum of Architecture.

Building Better Cities: Barcelona

30:16 | Sep 13th, 2018

We continue to explore the pages of ‘The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities’. This week we’re off to the Catalonian capital to hear how the city has changed through the years and what lessons it has learned for the future.

Tall Stories 123: Rowley, Canada

11:17 | Sep 10th, 2018

After being a ghost town for decades, Rowley in central Alberta has been reinvented. With old Western-style buildings still intact, it has become a quirky spot in the middle of the Canadian prairies and an open-air museum of sorts.

Building better cities

29:25 | Sep 6th, 2018

All this month we’re dedicating the show to chapters from our new book: ‘The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities’. We start off with a series of essays that look at some of the challenges our urban areas face and how cities would be nothing witho...Show More

Tall Stories 122: Peckham Rye

04:23 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Peckham Rye has long been a source of inspiration to artists and writers; in this week’s Tall Stories we explore the history and atmosphere of the London park where William Blake once saw angels and to which Muriel Spark summoned devils.

Rediscovering London

30:36 | Aug 30th, 2018

There is something magical about finding an old photo of a familiar place and seeing how much it has changed. It is a powerful reminder of the life that unfolded on the streets long before you arrived.

Tall Stories 121: Toronto: The Bentway

08:55 | Aug 28th, 2018

Monocle’s Toronto bureau chief shows us around The Bentway, a newly opened public area for the city under the Gardiner Expressway.

Urban thoughts

27:10 | Aug 23rd, 2018

We tour a new exhibition shining a light on Jerusalem, meet the architecture duo building libraries to bring the community together and ask: if everyone else was giving up their data, would you do it too?

Tall Stories 120: Hyde Park’s Mastaba

03:31 | Aug 20th, 2018

Monocle editor Andrew Tuck takes us on a stroll through London’s Hyde Park to visit a structure floating in the Serpentine: the Mastaba.

Book club

28:24 | Aug 16th, 2018

We profile two new books: Alexandra Langue’s ‘The Design of Childhood’ and Kelvin Campbell’s ‘Making Massive Small Change’.

Tall Stories 119: Fritz Wotruba

06:27 | Aug 13th, 2018

Far away from the splendours of Vienna’s historic city centre lies a stupendous piece of architecture. It’s all concrete and glass, and it would be a perfect example of brutalist architecture were it not more of a sculpture than a building.

Privacy

27:20 | Aug 9th, 2018

Our thoughts on what should be private or off-limits are changing in every aspect of our lives, including the way we inhabit cities.

Tall Stories 118: Domino Park

05:14 | Aug 6th, 2018

Monocle’s Ed Stocker takes us to the Williamsburg waterfront in New York, where a new space has just opened to the public.

Shhh, be quiet

30:05 | Aug 2nd, 2018

What role does the humble public library play in cities today? Join us as we hear about the impromptu libraries popping up in private houses, reminisce about the bookmobile, discover how one library has employed a team of bats and hear about public l...Show More

Tall Stories 117: the hypermarket

04:31 | Jul 30th, 2018

These white elephants are blamed for destroying communities around the world but Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco suggests that we look at them differently.

Crime and the city

30:18 | Jul 26th, 2018

We focus on our home city, London, because recent statistics back up what many Londoners have been feeling for months: that we are living through a spike in crime. Andrew Tuck is joined by Anna Mansfield, Rory Geoghegan, Livvy Haydock and Richard Sen...Show More

Tall Stories 116: The Westway

06:50 | Jul 23rd, 2018

We turn our attention to the stretch of elevated motorway that was built as part of an abandoned scheme to turn London into a motor city.

Beirut Design Week 2018

30:17 | Jul 19th, 2018

Beirut’s Design Week wants to encourage designers and planners to engage more in solving the city’s many urban issues. So can some tactical urbanism improve quality of life in the Lebanese capital?

Tall Stories 115: London’s pedway

03:16 | Jul 16th, 2018

This week our editor Andrew Tuck goes cycling in London to bring us an elevated experience.

Time to cool it

30:21 | Jul 12th, 2018

We take a step back, look at the life unfolding around us and ask: have our cities become a little too orderly?

Tall Stories 114: Il Quadrilatero

06:59 | Jul 9th, 2018

This week we’re in the Adriatic port city of Trieste, where Monocle’s Alexei Korolyov has been to visit a brutalist council home with a troubled history.

Cities on the rise

29:48 | Jul 5th, 2018

This week we’re in the Irish port city of Cork for the Academy of Urbanism’s annual congress. The focus of this year’s edition is as much about unlocking the potential of so-called second cities as it is about tackling the challenges posed by the big...Show More

Tall Stories 113: Ridley Road Market

06:44 | Jul 3rd, 2018

As the gentrification of London accelerates, is it possible to achieve a symbiotic relationship between locals and newcomers? This week we delve deep into one of Hackney’s oldest markets to find out how much has changed.

Zürich special

30:10 | Jun 29th, 2018

A special edition of the show as we broadcast from our new bureau in the city. Reports include a closer look at the lake, Zürich’s relationship with noise and why you should venture to the northern reaches of the city.

Tall Stories 112: Rote Fabrik

05:07 | Jun 25th, 2018

Originally built in 1892, this former factory was due for demolition in the 1970s but was saved by local campaigners. It now stands proudly next to Lake Zürich as a cultural hub.

Resite 2018

29:54 | Jun 21st, 2018

We report from the Resite conference in Prague and explore the theme: ‘accommodate’. From businesses, to homes and people: how should cities be planned to ensure there is enough space for everyone? Featuring Jeanne Gang, Sou Fujimoto, Elizabeth Streb...Show More

The Walt Disney Concert Hall

08:05 | Jun 18th, 2018

Standing proudly in downtown Los Angeles, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is difficult to miss. The complex may fool you at first with its sharp stainless steel edges but once inside the tone changes and it becomes warm and inviting.

Football and urbanism

25:17 | Jun 14th, 2018

From floating pitches to the importance of stadiums to their cities, as fans around the world prepare for kick-off in Russia, we take a broader look at the role that football can play in bringing people together.

Tall Stories 110: Seoul

07:06 | Jun 11th, 2018

This week our correspondent Jason Strother delves into the history of Seoul to explore what keeps this vibrant city afloat.

Smart cities and housing

26:05 | Jun 7th, 2018

We speak to Jonathan Woetzel from the McKinsey Global Institute to hear how we can use technology to improve our quality of life. Plus: commuting between Austria and Slovakia and the president of the Urban Land Institute.

Tall Stories 109: Merihaka

05:37 | Jun 4th, 2018

This week we head to Helsinki to hear the story of the brutalist high-rise Merihaka: one of the cities most unloved buildings.

Venice Biennale and more

28:56 | May 31st, 2018

We report from the Venice Biennale 2018 where we sit down for a chat with the architect David Chipperfield and also with Helsinki’s mayor Jan Vapaavuori. We also meet the architect running for mayor of Bratislava and find out what he might bring to t...Show More

Tall Stories 108: London’s Principal

04:24 | May 28th, 2018

We visit London’s Bloomsbury neighbourhood to hear the story of a recently refurbished 1890s gem: the Principal hotel.

Cities in focus

28:43 | May 24th, 2018

We meet the architect and artist Daan Roosegaarde to hear about his projects tackling air pollution, look at the legacy of the outgoing mayor of Vienna and catch up with Egypt’s plans for a purpose-built administrative capital.

Tall Stories 107: Alexandra Palace

05:45 | May 21st, 2018

This week we hear the story of one of London’s Victorian wonders: Alexandra Palace. It has long served as a centre for entertainment in north London, despite its tumultuous past.

Mobility and more

25:55 | May 17th, 2018

This week we report from a new exhibition highlighting how London changes once the sun sets, have a discussion about driverless cars and ask if a light-rail project is finally coming to Canberra?

Tall Stories 106: Wellington’s waterfront

07:12 | May 15th, 2018

This week we head to New Zealand’s capital to discover the resourceful way the city has expanded since its 19th-century European settlement.

What’s new?

28:00 | May 10th, 2018

This week we meet graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, hear all about Groningen’s cycling revolution and get a sneak peek of the University of Toronto’s School of Cities.

Tall Stories 105: Tsukiji Honganji

04:27 | May 7th, 2018

If you were trying to picture a traditional Japanese temple it probably wouldn’t look anything like Tsukiji Honganji. This week our Asia bureau chief Fiona Wilson brings us the story of one of Tokyo’s most iconic Buddhist temples.

A few things

29:17 | May 3rd, 2018

We empty out The Urbanist closet to bring you some of the stories we’ve been working on, including: urban art in Toronto, architecture through the eyes of Claude Monet and a chat with Bruce Katz about his new book ‘The New Localism’.

Tall Stories 104: Sea Point Pavilion

04:11 | Apr 30th, 2018

More than two decades since the end of Apartheid in South Africa, the city of Cape Town still struggles with a unique form of urban segregation. There is one space, however, where people of all backgrounds regularly come together to breathe in the sa...Show More

The crowd effect

29:07 | Apr 26th, 2018

We examine how crowdfunding is being applied to real estate and local government – and why one US mayor is taking this phenomenon with a pinch of salt. Can you create a more successful city if you ask the crowd?

Tall Stories 103: The Prince Charles Cinema

07:04 | Apr 23rd, 2018

Almost every cinema is adopting a new gimmick in the hope of standing out from the crowd. But one cinema in London has such a unique history that it’s become as much of a cult hit as the films it presents.

Let’s get moving

28:34 | Apr 19th, 2018

We get a return ticket to one of the most important themes covered on ‘The Urbanist’ – mobility. As cities push to be less dependent on cars and promote public transport, we look at three outposts to see what they are getting right.

Tall Stories 102: Ronnie Scott’s

06:20 | Apr 16th, 2018

Ronnie Scott’s has been bringing some of the best jazz performers and singers to London since 1959. This week, our own Daphne Karnezis peeks behind the curtain to tell us the story of one of Soho’s most iconic venues.

Turning off the tap

28:35 | Apr 12th, 2018

Cape Town was set to run out of drinkable water in less than 10 days from now. But as the city narrowly avoided the dreaded “Day Zero”, it has ignited a worldwide debate about the issue and how to ensure this won’t happen in the near future elsewhere...Show More

Tall Stories 101: Record shops

05:02 | Apr 9th, 2018

Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco looks at the enduring appeal of record shops and how they can define cities. From music megastores to that cosy record shop, he muses on the main challenges of music stores today.

Animal spirits

25:28 | Apr 5th, 2018

This week is all about animals and cities: from backyard chickens to birdwatching and even entrepreneurs making life easier for your furry friend. Plus: how can we design our public spaces in a more animal-friendly way?

Tall Stories 100: London’s National Theatre

03:20 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Our editor Andrew Tuck takes us to London’s National Theatre, a brutalist wonder built by the architect Sir Denys Lasdun.

Reclaiming the streets

28:02 | Mar 29th, 2018

Politics and city living are intertwined – and there’s no better place to witness it than at a demonstration. Be it a students’ march, silent walkout or pro-immigration protest, it’s about coming together in a public space for a rallying cry that scr...Show More

Tall Stories 99: Brussels' Kanal

04:21 | Mar 26th, 2018

In 2023 a new museum for modern and contemporary art is coming to Brussels​. We ask whether architecture ​and good design can bring new life to ​the Belgium capital.​

Was that on purpose?

30:44 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Around the world you’ll find examples of cities that were built to order. Because whether it’s a megalomaniac’s metropolis in the middle of the desert or a new administrative capital for a reviving nation, there’s something appealing about starting f...Show More

Tall Stories 98: Austria’s Kaiserlinden

04:19 | Mar 19th, 2018

This week we look at the Kaiserlinden: imperial trees planted in the heyday of the Austro-Hungarian empire at the end of the 19th century. Protected by the government, they are important political symbols of past glories.

Urban crime

30:01 | Mar 15th, 2018

The city has often been seen as a place where bad things happen – especially crime. And while many are still the backdrop against which murderers, robbers and fraudsters commit their offences, cities have actually become much safer in recent years.

Tall Stories 97: Newport’s Transporter Bridge

06:34 | Mar 12th, 2018

From film appearances to miner takeovers, Newport’s Transporter Bridge has had a turbulent century at the heart of South Wales. Monocle’s George McDonagh, a native of the area, profiles of the iconic structure.

From grey to green

27:50 | Mar 8th, 2018

Cities are some of the world’s biggest polluters so how should we reimagine urban living to tackle climate change? We bring you a special report from the CitiesIPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, where we met scientists, global leaders...Show More

Tall Stories 96: Marrakech’s Jardin Secret

05:17 | Mar 5th, 2018

Monocle’s Chiara Rimella reveals the secrets behind Marrakech’s plant-filled courtyards – and tells us why this city could become a haven for gardens like the peaceful Jardin Secret.

Congestion charge

27:23 | Mar 1st, 2018

As London marks 15 years since it started getting cars off the streets with its congestion charge, we turn the spotlight to the UK’s roads. Does the congestion charge go far enough?

Tall Stories 95: Khodynka Field

05:12 | Feb 26th, 2018

Khodynka Field in northwest Moscow is the site of a tragic stampede that overshadowed the dying decades of the Russian empire. After the Revolution it became the hub for the Soviet aviation industry and today it is one of the few examples, however mo...Show More

Out and about

26:56 | Feb 22nd, 2018

We’ve been on the road and gathered two reports for you. First up, our editor Andrew Tuck reports from Poland as global architects, developers and city hall asked if a new grand project would be good for Warsaw? And then we’re in Malaysia to report f...Show More

Tall Stories 94: the Maat effect

03:24 | Feb 19th, 2018

Monocle editor Andrew Tuck looks to the banks of the River Tagus in Lisbon to assess just how powerful the new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology can be for the city.

Sound and city

30:32 | Feb 15th, 2018

This week we focus on urbanism, architecture, acoustics and sound artists. We’re reporting from Resonate, a one-day conference in Lisbon by Resite, Maat and Meyer Sound that gathered an international crowd.

Tall Stories 93: Do interiors deserve the same recognition as façades?

05:02 | Feb 12th, 2018

“Hands off my Johnson” has been the rallying cry of the Big Apple’s designers and architects opposed to proposed changes to Manhattan’s iconic AT&T Building. Our New York bureau chief Ed Stocker has more.

Enjoying the city

27:47 | Feb 8th, 2018

From increasing green space to reducing traffic levels and improving mobility, there are several ways to make city-living a little easier. But can you measure just how tranquil urban spaces really are?

Tall Stories 92: Wilton’s Music Hall

04:27 | Feb 5th, 2018

A sneak peak into the history of one of the world’s last surviving grand music halls.

More than a title

28:33 | Feb 1st, 2018

From night mayors and music czars to bicycle mayors and ministers of loneliness, we explore the unusual ways to make a city tick.

Tall Stories 91: the Hollywood Walk of Fame

10:57 | Jan 29th, 2018

For the millions of yearly visitors to Los Angeles, there is one landmark that perhaps speaks most clearly of the glamour and the glories of North America’s film-making centre: the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Tomos Lewis goes on a stroll.

Cities and Trump: one year on

30:14 | Jan 25th, 2018

The 2016 race to the White House was one of the most divisive campaigns in modern US history. One year on, we assess US cities under Trump and ask if there’s a silver lining: are they taking charge of their own futures?

Tall Stories 90: the Beehive

05:15 | Jan 22nd, 2018

We head to Wellington to take a closer look at a particular wing of the New Zealand Parliament. Monocle contributor Clair Urbahn tells us the story of the Beehive.

Temporary urbanism

21:14 | Jan 18th, 2018

It’s not all about pop-up cafés and gathering a couple of neighbours to set up a street market. Temporary urbanism can have a huge impact in cities, allowing planners to push some of their bolder and more unusual ideas through the bureaucracy of city...Show More

Tall Stories 89: the tin church

06:50 | Jan 15th, 2018

This week we head to the small village of Laragh near the Irish border, to hear the story of a tin church that is enduring the test of time thanks to the community’s restoration work.

What's new?

30:23 | Jan 11th, 2018

As New York enters the new year with murder figures at a record low, we look at criminality in the US. We’ve also got a public-transport tale of two cities – Athens’ wi-fi wrangle and London’s Tube triumph – and a review of the smart cities at CES 20...Show More

Tall Stories 88: Dubai World Trade Centre

05:04 | Jan 8th, 2018

When one thinks of Dubai, one thinks of its grand gestures. Today we hear the story of one of its first skyscrapers, the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The best of Tall Stories 2017

29:00 | Jan 4th, 2018

We start the year with a look back at the best Tall Stories of 2017: from statues, to a garden gate and even cycling in a city.

The best of The Urbanist 2017

35:06 | Dec 28th, 2017

In this special programme, we bring you the best reports, most insightful interviews and the funniest moments from The Urbanist in 2017.

Urban heroes

26:58 | Dec 21st, 2017

A special edition looking at how people around the world are helping their cities.

Tall Stories 87: Islamabad

06:38 | Dec 18th, 2017

For this week’s Tall Stories, Monocle’s Hong Kong bureau chief takes us to the Pakistani capital to explore a Christmas market in 20-degree heat.

Cities tour

30:00 | Dec 14th, 2017

As homelessness rises in London, we hear about a train station turning into a shelter over Christmas. Plus: the Galápagos Islands’ growing population, Los Angeles’ first mobile bookstore and an audio essay about Berlin.

Tall Stories 86: New York’s evolution

05:31 | Dec 11th, 2017

We look at how New York has evolved over the past 100 years. While some might complain about lost grit and gentrification, our bureau chief in the city Ed Stocker feels that they are missing the point and that, in the end, a safer New York is a more ...Show More

Looking ahead

30:00 | Dec 7th, 2017

What role do technology giants play in urban planning? And what do you love the most about your city? Plus: an audio essay on Venice’s troubled relationship with water.

Tall Stories 85: Ho Chi Minh City’s scooters

05:29 | Dec 4th, 2017

Ho Chi Minh City is arguably most well known as being the site of one of the world’s most poignant political protests in the 1960s. But for modern-day visitors it is known for something more novel: scooters.

Bike lights, trains and neighbours

30:00 | Nov 30th, 2017

Our man in Seoul climbs aboard one of the new express trains to the Olympic village, Dublin is the testing ground for a new smart bike light and when was the last time you spoke to your neighbour?

Tall Stories 84: Ringturm

07:36 | Nov 27th, 2017

Presiding over the northwestern curve of Vienna’s Ringstrasse boulevard, the Ringturm carried a powerful message of reconstruction and renewal after the Second World War. Today its facade serves as a giant canvas for artworks and a lighthouse on the ...Show More

That’s rubbish

30:00 | Nov 23rd, 2017

Waste management and recycling are essential components of what makes a city work for its citizens. This week we get down and dirty to find out how cities deal with different types of waste.

Tall Stories 83: Portuguese quiosques

05:58 | Nov 20th, 2017

Lisbon’s quirky ‘quiosques’ (kiosks) have been around since the mid-19th century and are partly responsible for the community spirit in the city today.

Technology and utopias

29:57 | Nov 16th, 2017

This week we hear how technology is helping companies collect data – and profits – from you, but also how it can help fight issues such as gun violence. Plus: a special report from the first edition of Torino-Stratosferica.

Tall Stories 82: Columbia Road flower market

03:28 | Nov 13th, 2017

We head to London’s East End to visit a short strip of street that turns into an urban garden every Sunday morning.

Special: Bill de Blasio’s second term

40:09 | Nov 9th, 2017

Bill de Blasio’s first term was marred by investigations into his fundraising, as well as disagreements with governor Andrew Cuomo and President Trump. So what are the issues at hand as he enters his second term?

Tall Stories 81: San Francisco’s fog

07:16 | Nov 6th, 2017

It comes out of nowhere, descending rapidly to chill and isolate residents and visitors alike. But the fog in San Francisco is more inspiring than inconvenient and viewed as a beloved part of the city’s fabric.

CityLab Paris, part 2: delivering change

30:00 | Nov 2nd, 2017

The second part of our report from the urbanism conference. As more and more cities around the world start to think and act global, how can we better deliver change around the world?

Tall Stories 80: Terrassenhaus

10:05 | Oct 30th, 2017

First theorised by the Austrian architect and designer Adolf Loos in the 1920s, the Terrassenhaus was not realised until the mid-1970s in several big housing development projects on the periphery of Vienna. This week, Monocle’s Alexei Korolyov tours ...Show More

CityLab Paris part 1: Mayors special

30:00 | Oct 26th, 2017

Reykjavik’s mayor is a...More than 40 mayors, numerous civic officials and urban leaders from across the globe flocked to Paris earlier this week to discuss the trends of the cities of tomorrow. In this first episode, we keep up with the mayors.

Tall Stories 79: Revamping the Isar River

05:44 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Originally central to establishing Munich, the Isar was, sadly, neglected. Our correspondent Janek Schmidt tells us how it is being regenerated and adding a new dimension to the city’s quality of life.

Identity

30:00 | Oct 19th, 2017

What is that sense that distinguishes one city from another? From urban features, to planning, cultural institutions or values, there are certain quirks that immediately define a city or region.

Tall Stories 78: Torre Velasca

03:52 | Oct 16th, 2017

On the eve of its 60th anniversary we decide to take a closer look at Milan’s Torre Velasca, a skyscraper that, despite its groundbreaking design, received mixed reactions on its debut.

The way forward

30:00 | Oct 12th, 2017

We find out how a tent used by Mongolian nomads is getting a facelift, we take the temperature of the race for the mayor’s office in New York and hear about the country with the most freshwater in the world – that also suffers from drought. Plus: Ams...Show More

Tall Stories 77: Kulttuurisauna

04:26 | Oct 9th, 2017

This week Monocle’s Chiara Rimella bares all and explains to us how an Alvar Aalto-inspired sauna convinced her to dive headfirst into Helsinki’s culture.

All connected now

30:00 | Oct 5th, 2017

How do we relate to a city? This week we look at the different ways we engage with our urban environments, be it through green spaces, by sharing a book or two or even being on the water.

Tall Stories 76: Lisbon’s street lamps

03:31 | Oct 2nd, 2017

We visit a city known for its natural light to explore the history behind the urban fixture responsible for illuminating it in the evenings.

Checking in

30:00 | Sep 28th, 2017

It’s a bit of a correspondents special: from New York to Hong Kong, Zürich and a splash of Brazil too.

Tall Stories 75: Hamburg’s Elbstrand

03:38 | Sep 25th, 2017

Monocle’s Business editor Matt Alagiah takes us to the west of Hamburg’s city centre to visit an urban beach perched on the north bank of the Elbe River.

Spotlight on Aarhus

27:28 | Sep 21st, 2017

We joined the Academy of Urbanism’s 2017 Congress to report from Denmark’s second city of Aarhus, on everything from its waterfront development to participatory urbanism and lessons for other cities. Plus: a special interview with Jan Gehl.

Tall Stories 74: Moscow’s city day

04:08 | Sep 18th, 2017

Moscow's City Day took place earlier this month, as the Russian capital celebrated its 870th anniversary – and city hall made use of a good opportunity to impress.

Urban challenges

30:00 | Sep 14th, 2017

We speak to the co-author of ‘The Public Wealth of Cities’ to find out about boosting prosperity in our urban centres. Plus: we head to East London to discover a rooftop dwelling disguised as a warehouse air duct.

Tall Stories 73: Toll houses

04:28 | Sep 11th, 2017

Above the hustle and bustle of London’s city life you’ll find a little toll house, which back in the 1700s marked the entrance to the Bishop of London’s estate. We profile these little bastions of resistance.

After Harvey

30:00 | Sep 7th, 2017

When Hurricane Harvey struck Houston, no one could have predicted the level of destruction it caused. As floodwaters retreat and rubble is lifted, we shine the spotlight on this city and the way urban areas can start to heal after the grieving is don...Show More

Tall Stories 72: Luma Arles

09:04 | Sep 4th, 2017

We visit the Luma Arles creative-arts hub. Made up of former railway warehouses, the site will soon welcome a new architectural feature – a 56-metre tall tower designed by architect Frank Gehry. We check out the view.

Rule-breakers

30:00 | Aug 31st, 2017

On what side of the law does your city stand? There are still a few fugitives around, allowing what many other metropolises banned a long time ago: from public nudity to smoking indoors and even a little afternoon dip to cool off – in public that is.

Tall Stories 71: London’s lidos

04:32 | Aug 28th, 2017

London boasts almost 20 outdoor swimming pools, mostly built around the 1930s. This week we hear the story of London’s famed lidos.

By the water

29:52 | Aug 24th, 2017

The sea conquers the land: we hear how politics around the Suez Canal has propelled Egypt to the world stage, how Vienna solved its flood problem with the help of engineering and examine the heritage of fascism along the Adriatic coast.

Tall Stories 70: Vienna’s house names

04:34 | Aug 21st, 2017

In the Austrian capital buildings don’t just have addresses but names too – but do you ever hear people use them? This week we examine the great tradition of the Viennese house name.

Land reclamation and prizes

30:00 | Aug 17th, 2017

What are the logistical aspects of creating land? We discover the Netherlands’ approach to land reclamation and examine the rise and fall of London’s Garden Bridge. Plus: in Austria even terrible, awful, unplanned architecture gets rewarded.

Tall Stories 69: Bijlmerbajes

05:38 | Aug 14th, 2017

The Bijlmerbajes in south Amsterdam was designed as a humane prison when it opened in 1978 but in recent years it has taken on a new life: it is now a creative hub for locals and refugees alike.

River crossing

26:20 | Aug 10th, 2017

Bridges are meant to make our cities better connected but sometimes they highlight existing divides. We explore two very different examples in Lisbon and Budapest. Plus: a special report exploring the outskirts of London.

Tall Stories 68: Montreal’s Olympic Stadium

07:34 | Aug 7th, 2017

Following the news that Montreal’s Olympic Stadium is to be transformed into a welcome centre for asylum seekers, our Toronto bureau chief Tomos Lewis tells the story of one of the city’s most famed structures.

Urban Resilience Summit

31:30 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Highlights and insights from this year’s Urban Resilience Summit by the 100 Resilient Cities network, which assembled more than 500 urban leaders, practitioners and city activists in New York.

Tall Stories 67: the Alberta Legislature

08:11 | Jul 31st, 2017

This government building that sits just across the river downtown is a postcard for the city. Monocle​’s Sheena Rossiter takes us on a trip to learn​ ​the history behind the iconic building and what it means to her as a native​ ​Edmontonian.

Faith

30:00 | Jul 27th, 2017

On this week’s episode we look at how religion has shaped our cities: be it how communities gather, influencing popular culture or impacting the levels of pollution.

Tall Stories 66: Santa Maria dello Spasimo

06:14 | Jul 24th, 2017

Construction of this church began in 1509 – and is yet to be completed. The structure is still missing a roof but that’s not necessarily a bad thing: come night-time it is an architectural feature that makes it all the more fascinating.

Participatory urbanism

24:56 | Jul 20th, 2017

Join us! A city can only evolve in the right way when citizens and communities are engaged in how changes should take place.

Tall Stories 65: Moscow’s fluff

04:17 | Jul 17th, 2017

Moscow has been hit by such unseasonable weather this summer that people won’t be surprised if it starts snowing tomorrow. But amid all this chaos there’s one thing that’s reassuringly consistent: poplar fluff.

Gardens, integration and pollution

30:00 | Jul 13th, 2017

Making a concrete jungle greener in Brazil, using a new library to promote integration in Toronto and how a bike can suck in air pollution and pump out clean air.

Tall Stories 64: Cycling through Amsterdam

04:49 | Jul 10th, 2017

Monocle’s Joleen Goffin hops on her bicycle and takes control of the road as she tells us about the joys of cycling in Amsterdam.

Temporary

22:57 | Jul 6th, 2017

We hear all about the new temporary parliament in Vienna, discover how a temporary pavilion can improve public life and create a community, and ask if pop-up retail spaces can change the way we shop.

Tall Stories 63: Diário de Notícias building

05:15 | Jul 3rd, 2017

For this week’s edition of Tall Stories, The Urbanist’s Carlota Rebelo tells us the story of Lisbon’s Diário de Notícias building, the country's first purpose-built newsroom.

Resite 2017, part two

29:15 | Jun 29th, 2017

We bring you interviews with the mayor of Prague, Adriana Krnacova; architects David Bravo and Ivan Kucina; lighting designer Leni Schwendinger; and city architect for Warsaw, Marlena Happach.

Tall Stories 62: Chambré Hardman's house

10:38 | Jun 26th, 2017

Monocle’s Holly Fisher heads back to Liverpool, the city of her student days, where the preserved house of photographer Chambré Hardman has recently piqued her interest.

Resite 2017

30:00 | Jun 22nd, 2017

In the first episode of our Resite series we meet celebrated landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson and Paris’s deputy mayor Jean-Louis Missika at Forum Karlín in Prague.

Tall Stories 61: Zürich river swimming

04:49 | Jun 19th, 2017

Monocle business editor Matt Alagiah tells us why his latest trip to Zurich means he’s no longer wet behind the ears when it comes to current affairs.

One city

30:00 | Jun 15th, 2017

London’s former city-planner examines how you can build high and stay safe and, a year since the attack at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, we reflect on how the city came together as one.

Tall Stories 60: Laziza Brewery

04:26 | Jun 12th, 2017

We head to Beirut to visit the grounds of Laziza Brewery, the oldest brewery in the Middle East. But it won’t be for much longer, as our own Venetia Rainey explains.

The city goes on

30:00 | Jun 8th, 2017

As London recovers from a horrific terror attack, we focus on resilience and how to move on. Plus: we explore how cities are coming together to lead the way in climate change.

Tall Stories 59: Slovensky Rozhlas

08:05 | Jun 5th, 2017

The Slovak Radio Building in Bratislava is loved and hated in equal measure. Constructed between 1967 and 1983, it’s a pyramid turned on its head. The presenter of one of the radio stations quartered in the building gives us a tour.

Musical identity

30:00 | Jun 1st, 2017

What makes a city’s musical identity? We find out about Rio de Janeiro’s newest musical style and hear how Toronto is trying to keep its music venues alive.

Tall Stories 58: beach ‘barracas’

06:17 | May 29th, 2017

These portable kiosks, better known as ‘barracas’, are set up and taken down daily on the golden sands of Rio de Janeiro’s beaches. They are part of the city’s laid-back lifestyle and heavily ingrained in its culture.

Food and identity

30:00 | May 25th, 2017

Food can be a big part of a city’s identity. But as cities adapt to technology and changing demographics, is the food tradition changing too? We head to Paris, Cairo and Hong Kong to have a look at what’s on the menu.

Tall Stories 57: nests

05:45 | May 22nd, 2017

For this week’s edition of Tall Stories, we look to our feathered friends in the city. It’s all about the places they call home.

Topography and mobility

28:30 | May 18th, 2017

Topography versus urbanism: how a young Spanish mayor has reconnected the city, a look at Rio de Janeiro's cable car system and a preview tour of Seoul's new sky garden.

Tall Stories 56: national typography

03:53 | May 15th, 2017

For this week’s edition of Tall Stories, we take you to the Basque Country. But instead of focusing on a building, we look at something that is present in most structures: national typography. Monocle’s Chiara Rimella tells us more.

Pollution

30:00 | May 11th, 2017

We hear how Helsinki is keeping its coastline clean, ask if a high-rise could help solve Melbourne’s air and water quality problem and report from Macedonia, which has two of the top-three most-polluted cities in Europe.

Tall Stories 55: garden gate

04:14 | May 8th, 2017

As London drifts into suburbia, the capital’s architecture is shifting. Just look at the humble garden gate. Andrew Tuck tells us how a simple click can trigger memories of days gone by.

‘The New Urban Crisis’

30:00 | May 4th, 2017

From gentrification to unaffordability, how do you fix a city in crisis? We speak to Richard Florida about his book ‘The New Urban Crisis’. We’re also in Paris to look at the mayor’s plans for an abandoned railway.

Tall Stories 54: a home called Soho

06:00 | May 1st, 2017

Monocle 24’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco strolls around London’s Soho and visits his favourite shops, restaurants and streets in the neighbourhood he calls home.

Urban violence

33:00 | Apr 27th, 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.

Tall Stories 53: Cairo Tower

05:51 | Apr 24th, 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.

‘Frontier City’ and missing links

30:00 | Apr 20th, 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.

Tall Stories 52: strolling around Bologna

03:36 | Apr 17th, 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.

The built environment and Toronto’s missing middle

28:33 | Apr 13th, 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.

Tall Stories 51: The Old England department store

04:26 | Apr 10th, 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.

Something old, something new

25:03 | Apr 6th, 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.

Tall Stories 50: the house of Black Madonna

04:18 | Apr 3rd, 2017

When Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque pioneered cubism in Paris, young Czech artists such as Pavel Janák and Josef Gočár saw the artistic movement as a way to dilute their country’s decorative architectural style. Czechoslovakia was one of the first ...Show More

Sensory urbanism

30:00 | Mar 30th, 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.

Tall Stories 49: Daily News Building

05:39 | Mar 27th, 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 o...Show More

Loneliness

30:00 | Mar 23rd, 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?

Tall Stories 48: the English pug and the French poodle

06:06 | Mar 20th, 2017

Monocle’s Toronto bureau chief, Tomos Lewis, takes us to Montréal 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.

On track?

30:00 | Mar 16th, 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.

Tall Stories 47: park benches

04:34 | Mar 13th, 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?

Technology in the cities

27:51 | Mar 9th, 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.

Tall Stories 46: Ikseon-dong

06:20 | Mar 6th, 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.

Positive migration

30:00 | Mar 2nd, 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.

Tall Stories 45: Bratislava's Panelaky

08:17 | Feb 27th, 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 ...Show More

Rethinking the city

30:00 | Feb 23rd, 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 o...Show More

Tall Stories 44: Pirelli Tower

05:23 | Feb 20th, 2017

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

Not so easy

30:00 | Feb 16th, 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?

Tall Stories 43: Hong Kong’s street names

06:04 | Feb 13th, 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.

What's in a name?

28:32 | Feb 9th, 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?

Tall Stories 42: London’s gas-lit lamps

03:46 | Feb 6th, 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.

Sanctuary cities

30:00 | Feb 2nd, 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.

Tall Stories 41: Ellis Island

05:00 | Jan 30th, 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.

Desafio Carioca, Hong Kong and Milan

24:25 | Jan 26th, 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:...Show More

Tall Stories 40: Redecorating the White House

04:28 | Jan 23rd, 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.

Out of the box

30:00 | Jan 19th, 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 ...Show More

Tall Stories 39: The Peninsula Hotel

06:12 | Jan 16th, 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.

New year, new city?

30:00 | Jan 12th, 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 i...Show More

Tall Stories 38: Casa dos Bicos

03:50 | Jan 9th, 2017

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

Should a city host a design week?

30:00 | Jan 5th, 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...Show More

Tall Stories 37: Zürich’s transport triumph

04:12 | Jan 2nd, 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.

The Urbanist: best of 2016

57:13 | Dec 29th, 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.

Tall Stories: best of 2016

30:00 | Dec 22nd, 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.

Jane Jacobs

28:13 | Dec 15th, 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.

Tall Stories 36: RKO Pictures

05:53 | Dec 12th, 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 e...Show More

Come together

30:00 | Dec 8th, 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...Show More

Tall Stories 35: Trafalgar Square’s Christmas tree

04:00 | Dec 5th, 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.

Grand tour

30:00 | Dec 1st, 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 Beltrão and catch up with Buenos Aires mayor Horacio Rodriguez Larreta.

Tall Stories 34: take a dive

04:08 | Nov 28th, 2016

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

All aboard – choo, choo!

30:00 | Nov 24th, 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.

Tall Stories 33: Zurich’s drinking fountains

05:13 | Nov 21st, 2016

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

CityLab 2016, part 2

27:31 | Nov 17th, 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 h...Show More

Tall Stories 32: Trump Tower

04:39 | Nov 14th, 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.

CityLab 2016

30:00 | Nov 10th, 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.

Tall Stories 31: The Kingsway

04:57 | Nov 7th, 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?