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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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’.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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?
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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