Monocle 24: The Urbanist

Monocle 24: The Urbanist

United Kingdom

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.



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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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.


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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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’  

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  

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  

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.

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