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The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities

12:34 - 14 September, 2018
The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities

In this joyful new book Monocle unpacks what makes a great city, whether you’re looking for a new place to call home or need help fixing your own.

How do we make better cities – places that work for people of all ages and backgrounds? How do we make cities that provide the obvious essentials – great transport, good places to work – as well as the softer elements that truly deliver quality of life, from urban swimming pools to rooftop clubs?

Since its launch in 2007, Monocle has been passionate about making better places to live. Every year it publishes a

What Affects the Quality of Life in Urban Environments?

16:30 - 18 July, 2018
What Affects the Quality of Life in Urban Environments? , Yago Veith. <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Badi-Oberer-Letten_Zuerich_Sommer.jpg'>Via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)</a>
Yago Veith. Via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)

As I left the streets of Zurich after attending a conference about the quality of life in urban environments, I came across a living example of the lecture I had just attended. I turned the corner and felt that I was inside an architectural rendering: the trees were pruned and green, there were no hanging electrical wires, cyclists drove elegantly along bike lanes, the tram moved quietly and punctually while bathers enjoyed their summer in rivers and lakes. To my surprise, I walked under an overpass and realized that even urban cities could be skilled and safe. After my stroll, I stopped for a cup of coffee and knew that the person that attended me received a fair salary and did not have to work three jobs to pay the bills (of course the coffee did not come cheap). However, these small, almost mundane observations for some, do provide a well-being and quality of life that may be difficult to measure.

The Monocle Quality of Life Conference 2018

07:19 - 5 June, 2018
The Monocle Quality of Life Conference 2018

Don’t miss out! Join Monocle’s editor in chief and chairman Tyler Brûlé, and its editors, at the fourth installment of the annual Quality of Life Conference.

This year it will be taking place in Zürich from Thursday 28 to Saturday 30 June.

The editors will host expert panels to unpack and rethink topics such as apartment-block living and urban security, providing cross-discipline solutions, innovative thinking and expertise not accessible anywhere else.

This year they are joined by Amanda Levete, a pioneering London-based architect who’s building peerless projects around the world, as well as four leading Swiss architects highlighting the lessons their country can provide

Graham Stirk On His Career Of Iconic Designs As Part Of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

06:00 - 23 November, 2017
Graham Stirk On His Career Of Iconic Designs As Part Of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, NEO Bankside, London. Image © Edmund Sumner
NEO Bankside, London. Image © Edmund Sumner

In an exclusive half-hour interview with Graham Stirk, partner at Richard Rogers' London-based practice RSHP (Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners), Monocle's Tom Edwards dives into discussing the complexity of some of the practice’s recent projects. Stirk is best known for designing some of the firm's iconic London buildings, such as the Leadenhall Building (or “Cheesegrater”) and the more controversial NEO Bankside.

If Staircases Are Such A Crucial Architectural Element, Why Are They So Often Neglected?

04:00 - 4 August, 2017
If Staircases Are Such A Crucial Architectural Element, Why Are They So Often Neglected?, © Monocle Films
© Monocle Films

Staircases can trigger conversations, provide a sense of arrival, and dazzle with ingenuity. As an architectural element, they are not just about circulation – so why are they neglected in the design of so many new projects? In this short film from Monocle, the breadth of ingenuity possible with the stair—from those of the Danish National Bank in Copenhagen to London’s Leighton House Museum—explore how they can come to embody the very essence of a good architectural project.

Reporting From reSITE 2017, Monocle 24 Talks to Mayors, Chief Architects and City Planners

04:00 - 26 July, 2017
Reporting From reSITE 2017, Monocle 24 Talks to Mayors, Chief Architects and City Planners, © PLANE—SITE
© PLANE—SITE

reSITE, an annual conference held in Prague, is among the world's most important forums for discussing cities and urbanism. Pooling together experts, architects, mayors, planners, municipal leaders, real estate developers and city makers from twenty countries, the event brings almost 1,000 participants together.

Monocle's 2017 Conference in Berlin to Discuss "Quality of Life" and Cities with Daniel Libeskind

04:00 - 9 June, 2017
Monocle's 2017 Conference in Berlin to Discuss "Quality of Life" and Cities with Daniel Libeskind

Monocle’s Quality of Life Conference takes place this summer in Berlin, and will be a must-visit event for entrepreneurs, architects, urbanists and designers alike. Hosted by Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé, topics unpacked across the conference include transport, city branding and the future of the property industry. From visionary entrepreneurs to acclaimed architects, guest delegates and panelists will join Monocle editors and radio hosts for a range of lively discussions, with talks interspersed with samplings of Berlin’s fine hospitality and opportunities to explore the city’s architectural sites.

Santiago Calatrava on Ground Zero, Design Philosophy and the Greenwich Peninsula Project

04:00 - 3 March, 2017
Santiago Calatrava on Ground Zero, Design Philosophy and the Greenwich Peninsula Project, © Uniform
© Uniform

Earlier this month, Hong Kong-owned developer Knight Dragon revealed plans for an billion-dollar urban-development scheme that will completely transform London’s Greenwich Peninsula. In this edition of Section D, Monocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, the team speak to Santiago Calatrava—who will be designing the core of this grand new project—about this and his public-spirited design philosophy. Why, they ask, has he’s always wanted to leave a mark on the "Big Smoke?"

Zaha Hadid's "Explosive" Paintings, Drawings and Sketches Are Now on Display in London

14:15 - 3 February, 2017
Zaha Hadid's "Explosive" Paintings, Drawings and Sketches Are Now on Display in London, © Hugo Glendinning
© Hugo Glendinning

In a recent episiode of Section D, Monocle 24 visit a new exhibition at London's Serpentine Galleries presenting the paintings of Zaha Hadid. The show, first conceived with Hadid herself, "reveals her as an artist with drawing at the very heart of her work." According to the gallery, it "includes the architect’s calligraphic drawings and rarely seen private notebooks with sketches that reveal her complex thoughts about architectural forms and their relationships." This episode takes the listener on a tour of the display with commentary from the exhibition's curator.

Is India Building the "Wrong" Sort of Architecture?

04:00 - 6 January, 2017
Is India Building the "Wrong" Sort of Architecture?, Charles Correa's Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Charles Correa's Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

This episode of Monocle 24's On Design podcast, which briefly surveys the state of Indian architecture and suggests a blueprint for a 21st Century vernacular, was written and recorded by ArchDaily's European Editor at Large, James Taylor-Foster.

Cities Need Change: The Durability of Jane Jacob's Legacy

04:00 - 5 January, 2017
Cities Need Change: The Durability of Jane Jacob's Legacy, Mrs. Jane Jacobs, chairman of the Comm. to save the West Village holds up documentary evidence at press conference at Lions Head Restaurant at Hudson & Charles Sts. (1961). Public Domain
Mrs. Jane Jacobs, chairman of the Comm. to save the West Village holds up documentary evidence at press conference at Lions Head Restaurant at Hudson & Charles Sts. (1961). Public Domain

In an exclusive half-hour episode focusing on the life and legacy of Jane Jacobs, "one of the most influential urban thinkers and city activists of our time." Featuring interviews with a carefully selected range of city planners, historians and activists, alongside recordings of Jacobs herself, this special episode of Monocle 24's The Urbanist examines why Jacobs was—and remains—so influential when considering the contemporary city.

14 Short Stories About Architects, Attitudes and Odd Architectural Anecdotes

07:00 - 27 December, 2016
14 Short Stories About Architects, Attitudes and Odd Architectural Anecdotes, Álvaro Siza photographed by Fernando Guerra. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Álvaro Siza photographed by Fernando Guerra. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

A new collection of five minute-long On Design stories—developed by the team behind Section D, Monocle 24's 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft—profile a person, survey a place, or unpack an idea that’s changing or shaping design and architecture today. We've selected fourteen of our favorites from the ongoing series, examining issues as wide as Postmodernism and the architectural competition, to five-minute profiles of Alvaro Siza, Josef Hoffman, Kengo Kuma and Superstudio.

Monocle 24 Explores Architectural White Elephants

10:00 - 8 December, 2016
Monocle 24 Explores Architectural White Elephants, Unfinished Palestinian Parliament Building. Image Courtesy of Monocle 24
Unfinished Palestinian Parliament Building. Image Courtesy of Monocle 24

Cities across the world are full of white elephants – something which ArchDaily has recently explored. In the latest episode of Section D, Monocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, the team examine similar cases from the unfinished Palestinian Parliament to redundant projects in Belgrade. This edition also looks at the RIBA's new International Prize, which was awarded this year to Grafton Architects for their University of Engineering and Technology building in Lima.

Moshe Safdie: Architects "Have a Deep Social Responsibility"

04:00 - 30 November, 2016
Moshe Safdie: Architects "Have a Deep Social Responsibility", Habitat 67 / Moshe Safdie
Habitat 67 / Moshe Safdie

In the latest edition of Section D, Monocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, the team speak to Moshe Safdie – the Israeli-Canadian architect whose "signature geometric style of lavish curves and green space has made the self-styled Modernist an influential voice" in the profession. The conversation, broadcast from Safdie's Marina Bay Sands complex in Singapore, reflects on his life and work – including Montréal's Habitat 67.

John Pawson Narrates a Tour Through London's New Design Museum

05:30 - 16 November, 2016
John Pawson Narrates a Tour Through London's New Design Museum, London's new Design Museum. Courtesy OMA. Image © Sebastian van Damme
London's new Design Museum. Courtesy OMA. Image © Sebastian van Damme

This edition of Section D, Monocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, explores London's new Design Museum – a significant expansion for the institution at an entirely new location in West London. The interior spaces of the former Commonwealth Institute Building in Kensington, which is Grade II-listed, have been renovated by John Pawson. Alongside the museum’s Deputy Director, Alice Black, the Monocle team investigate the thinking behind the relaunch and how the spaces are designed to accommodate a shifting audience.

Monocle 24 Pays Homage to the Role of Architecture in Film

04:00 - 4 November, 2016
Monocle 24 Pays Homage to the Role of Architecture in Film, The use of corduroy concrete inside recalls the work of Paul Rudolph. Image © Aidan Montaghan/Studio Canal
The use of corduroy concrete inside recalls the work of Paul Rudolph. Image © Aidan Montaghan/Studio Canal

For this edition of Section D, Monocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, the team turn their attention to the crossroads where design and architecture meet film. From a documentary about Pruitt-Igoe, the St. Louis housing project, to a new reading of the title sequence of Superman, this episode investigates the role of architecture in film – and visa versa.

Monocle 24 Radio Live Debate Series – Section D

11:45 - 12 October, 2016
Monocle 24 Radio Live Debate Series – Section D, Section D: Live
Section D: Live

Join us at Midori House in London’s Marylebone for this live edition of Section D, Monocle 24’s weekly design radio show. Opinionated guests from the worlds of typography, graphic design, journalism and architecture join Section D host Josh Fehnert to reflect on their careers and London’s status as a design city and offer some resolution on that age-old question: "What is good design?"

Monocle 24 Explores Creative Uses of Wood in Contemporary Architecture and Design

04:00 - 10 October, 2016
Monocle 24 Explores Creative Uses of Wood in Contemporary Architecture and Design, Tham & Videgård's proposal for the former transport harbor of Loudden. Image Courtesy of Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
Tham & Videgård's proposal for the former transport harbor of Loudden. Image Courtesy of Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

In this edition of Section D, Monocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, the show explores how wood is being used creatively at every scale by designers and architects today. From the "timber terrazzo" of London-based designer Conor Taylor, to the four protected (yet threatened) wooden escalators at Sydney's Wynyard Railway Station, the episode questions how innovative designers are, or need to be, with this age-old tried and tested material. Finally, the show visits Folkhem in Sweden – a construction company who believe wood "to be superior to conventional alternatives in almost every respect, from construction time to acoustic properties."