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Monocle 24: The Urbanist

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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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Moving day

Moving day

2020-05-2827:54

We look at some of the migration habits and moving-day quirks of city dwellers around the world from before the coronavirus outbreak, as well as at how to move an historic red-light district.
James Chambers brings us the story of a building complex in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City that forms a symbol of relations between Vietnam and Germany.
Letters from the city

Letters from the city

2020-05-2133:38

How a city handles a pandemic reveals much about its character. As urban centres around the world begin to reopen, Monocle’s correspondents send us letters from their own outposts.
The pandemic has reshaped the way that we move around our cities. Public transport usage is at an all-time low, cycling is on the rise and pedestrians have been reclaiming the streets and pavements. Could this be an opportunity for actual change in the places we live?
Nadinè Galle tells us about her work on the ‘Internet of Nature’ and how much we can learn from the biological networks that exist in our cities.
We are joined by author Carolyn Steel to assess how we interact with food and what we might do after the pandemic to improve our relationship with what we eat.
Monocle’s Nic Monisse takes us on a stroll to his neighbourhood corner shop to pick up some milk, eggs – and a little bit of gossip.
The public realm

The public realm

2020-04-3034:59

As some countries start to relax restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic, we assess how our view of the public realm has changed – and how it might look in the future.
The public realm

The public realm

2020-04-3034:59

As some countries start to relax restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic, we assess how our view of the public realm has changed – and how it might look in the future.
Chiara Rimella laments the absence of a house feature that’s common in her native Italy but sadly missing from many of the UK’s architectural plans.
Big interview: Jan Gehl

Big interview: Jan Gehl

2020-04-2325:541

Andrew Tuck brings you a special interview with Jan Gehl, perhaps the world’s best-known urban designer. Now 83, he’s waiting this pandemic out while isolating at home, enjoying spring from his garden. Sometimes all you need to steady your outlook is someone with a longer vision than yourself.
Our Latin America correspondent Lucinda Elliott takes us to a bookshop in Ipanema that just celebrated its 40th birthday and remains an important hub for Rio’s book-loving residents.
New normal

New normal

2020-04-1625:462

As cities rapidly adapt to the new realities of coronavirus, we continue to unpack the impact of those changes on urban living.
We take a look behind the fanciful façades of Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace and chat with one of its residents to see what it’s like to live like an emperor.
In praise of our cities

In praise of our cities

2020-04-0929:354

We ask our housebound editors and correspondents across the globe to reflect on what they cherish about the places in which they live and to pen a love letter to their cities.
We assess the unmissable Plattenbauten, a quick-to-construct building style that took off in Berlin after the Second World War.
All in it together

All in it together

2020-04-0230:15

We continue looking at how coronavirus is affecting cities around the world. Monocle editor Andrew Tuck brings you stories of perseverance and kindness, good neighbours and good companies – all helping us weather the storm.
Monocle’s editor Andrew Tuck ponders whether the arguments for density still apply to our new and rapidly changing world.
More than a quarter of the world’s population is currently living under lockdown. Restrictive measures are necessary to keep us – and our cities – safe. What is the impact on our planet of people staying at home, offices closing and factories stopping?
We investigate kōbans, Japan’s friendlier answer to the neighbourhood police station.
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