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Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Discusses Heritage in Tunis, Vienna and London

04:00 - 12 February, 2016
Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Discusses Heritage in Tunis, Vienna and London, Terraced (row) houses, Bath (UK). Image via Wikimedia Commons (Klaus D. Peter)
Terraced (row) houses, Bath (UK). Image via Wikimedia Commons (Klaus D. Peter)

In the latest edition of The Urbanist, Monocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team revisit the theme of heritage, asking why we should "learn to cherish the history of our cities." They visit one of the world's oldest medinas in Tunis, Tunisia, and explore some of the Austrian capital's less than charming Listed buildings, before asking whether or not the quintessential British terraced (row) house is still a cultural icon.

Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Examines the Typology of the Department Store

04:00 - 29 January, 2016
Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Examines the Typology of the Department Store, © Martin Pettitt
© Martin Pettitt

For this edition of The Urbanist, Monocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team ask whether the typology of the department store – their urban impact and the ways in which they have redefined the shopping habits of many. The show examines the history of the London department store and heads to Paris to explore France’s first, Le Bon Marché. The team also draw parallels between Istanbul’s old 'hans' and their contemporary equivalents.

Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Speaks to Those Who Are "Fighting the Establishment"

08:00 - 17 January, 2016
Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Speaks to Those Who Are "Fighting the Establishment", © Mark Goble
© Mark Goble

In the latest episode of The Urbanist, Monocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team tackle the 'establishment'. From small businesses to citizen collectives, the show discovers how "championing transformative change from the ground up can be the best way to alter the status quo in our cities." Investigating how the Ministry of Space is reclaiming public spaces in Belgrade, how ordinary citizens in Vienna are welcoming refugees, and how a collective in Rio de Janeiro wants to reshape the politics of the city, the episode also explores how small businesses in London’s West End are fighting against increasing rent.

Daniel Libeskind on Immigration, New York City, and 'the State of the World'

04:00 - 30 November, 2015
Daniel Libeskind on Immigration, New York City, and 'the State of the World', © Stefan Ruiz
© Stefan Ruiz

In an exclusive interview with Daniel Libeskind, who is based in New York City ("a microcosm of the world") and describes himself as having been "an immigrant several times," discusses his origins, his family, his early influences and the 'state of the world', touching upon a great theme in his built works: that of memorialising and remembrance in the built environment. Having grown up under "terrible oppression" in post-war Poland and moved between countries eighteen times, he describes himself as a citizen of the world with a great deal of retrospective advice for prospective architects.

Monocle 24 Explores Women in Urbanism

04:00 - 25 November, 2015
Monocle 24 Explores Women in Urbanism, Lisbon. Image Courtesy of Monocle 24
Lisbon. Image Courtesy of Monocle 24

For this edition of The Urbanist, Monocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team discuss women in urbanism, asking whether "a city planned or managed by a woman look different to any other?" From architects defending and stimulating Lisbon's public spaces, to new urban design in Niterói (situated in the "long shadow" of Rio de Janiero), this episode uses gender as a device to explore city-tactics.

Monocle 24 Report from the World Architecture Festival

04:00 - 13 November, 2015
Monocle 24 Report from the World Architecture Festival, The Interlace / OMA. Image Courtesy of WAF
The Interlace / OMA. Image Courtesy of WAF

For this episode of Section D, Monocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, Sophie Grove and the team explore the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore, take a considered look at post-war buildings across England, as well as hear from some longstanding manufacturers in East London who are "bucking the trend of constant change" that’s come to define their ever-developing neighbourhood.

Norman Foster on Urbanism, Emerging Economies and Airport Design

04:00 - 3 November, 2015
Norman Foster on Urbanism, Emerging Economies and Airport Design, Lord Foster. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Lord Foster. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

In an exclusive half-hour interview with Lord Norman Foster, Monocle's editor-in-chief Tyler Brûlé discusses matters of urban planning and "big-thinking emerging economies" with "one of the world’s most innovative and revered architects." Foster, who turned eighty years of age this year, has been the recipient of some of the world's most prestigious architecture awards – from the Pritzker Prize, the Stirling Prize, the AIA Gold Medal and the Prince of Asturias Award (Spain). Over the years, Foster's practice have become world-renowned experts in high-density transit design (namely, airports) – a focus of Brûlé's questioning.

Monocle 24 Report from the CityLab Summit

04:00 - 30 October, 2015
Monocle 24 Report from the CityLab Summit, River Thames, London. Image Courtesy of Monocle 24
River Thames, London. Image Courtesy of Monocle 24

For this edition of The Urbanist, Monocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team report from the two-day CityLab summit, which "gathered the world’s top mayors and urban leaders for a series of chats on how to to make our cities a better place." They explore the vision for London’s transport infrastructure, discover how Rio de Janeiro is gearing up its digital strategy ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games, and find out how to create a smart city through data. On top of that, they chat to millennials in Washington and "sit down for a very honest chat with the mayor of Athens."

Fendi Fashion House Relocates to the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome

04:30 - 27 October, 2015
Fendi Fashion House Relocates to the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome, Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (the Colosseo Quadrato). Image via Foter
Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (the Colosseo Quadrato). Image via Foter

The Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (also known as the 'Square Colosseum') is perhaps the most emblematic architectural project realised during Benito Mussolini's Fascist dictatorship, which governed Italy between 1922 and 1943. Now, sixty years later and having never been used, Italian fashion house Fendi and architect Marco Costanzi have—amid controversy—renovated the historically charged building into their headquarters, with office space to accommodate around 450 employees. Having reportedly signed a fifteen year lease with the municipality of Rome, the haute fashion house will be paying around €240,000 ($265,000) in annual rent.

Daniel Libeskind Discusses "Building Memory"

03:58 - 20 October, 2015
Daniel Libeskind Discusses "Building Memory", Daniel Libeskind (2015). Image © Stefan Ruiz
Daniel Libeskind (2015). Image © Stefan Ruiz

In this edition of Section D, Monocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, David Plaisant speaks to Daniel Libeskind about the art and architecture of memory, with particular focus on his designs for his Ground Zero Masterplan and memorial in New York City. The show also discusses plans to transform John F. Kennedy airport's iconic TWA Terminal, and head to Singapore to meet the team at Ministry of Design.

So You Want to be an Urbanist?

04:00 - 9 October, 2015
So You Want to be an Urbanist?, © S. J. Pinkney
© S. J. Pinkney

For this edition of The Urbanist, Monocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," Tom Edwards asks: if you want to plan a city, where do you begin? This episode investigates a number of city-wide gestures which can contribute to a better urban environment, from the importance of a well-designed waterfront to what it means to have a strong 'digital strategy'.

Monocle 24 Reports From Bilbao to Explore Issues Facing City Leaders

04:00 - 7 October, 2015
Monocle 24 Reports From Bilbao to Explore Issues Facing City Leaders, Guggenheim Bilbao / Frank Gehry. Image © Andrea Ciambra
Guggenheim Bilbao / Frank Gehry. Image © Andrea Ciambra

For this edition of The Urbanist, Monocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team visit BUILD: the Bilbao Urban Innovation and Leadership Dialogues. This event gathers civic leaders and philanthropists to a discourse about how cities are, and should be, run. In this two-part broadcast from the conference itself, Monocle explore how Stuttgart have been accommodating an unprecedented number of refugees, how Poland is using transport infrastructure to revitalise the city of Łódź, how Pittsburgh is a poster-city for resilience, and why Atlanta wants its citizens to take charge of their city.

Monocle 24 Examines Bilateral Inspiration Between Cities Across the World

04:00 - 14 September, 2015
Monocle 24 Examines Bilateral Inspiration Between Cities Across the World, New York City. Image © Harold Navarro
New York City. Image © Harold Navarro

For the latest episode of The Urbanist, Monocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team explore the role of bilateral inspiration between metropolises across the world. Examples of cities relying on one another to draw lessons from and progress can be seen across the world: from the ways in which London and New York City tackle similar urban problems, to how a bike-sharing scheme in Paris has proven to be contagious. The show also visits Vienna, where its Imperial heritage is being imitated the world over, and the show ponders whether the fact that every continent "claiming to have its own Venice" is actually a good thing?

Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Investigates the Role of Fashion in the City

04:45 - 7 September, 2015
Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Investigates the Role of Fashion in the City, © Delia Oviedo
© Delia Oviedo

For this edition of The Urbanist, Monocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team examine how fashion is weaved into the very fabric of our cities. They visit New Delhi to explore the role of ethics within the industry, head to Paris to see how the French capital is benefitting from its status as the 'Fashion Capital', and spend time at the only Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver. The episode also asks whether it's possible to identify a city by what people wear.

Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Explores Reykjavík's "Growing Success"

04:00 - 28 August, 2015
Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Explores Reykjavík's "Growing Success", Reykjavík, Iceland. Image © Erik Junberger
Reykjavík, Iceland. Image © Erik Junberger

For this week's The Urbanist, Monocle 24's "guide to making better cities," Andrew Tuck and David Plaisant broadcast a Reykjavík special with a series of reports from the Icelandic capital. They explore how this city marks its spot on the world map, looking at its high-quality new museums alongside its growing cultural and culinary scene. With around one million tourists visiting the city last year, th Reykjavík is experiencing a boom in popularity — which some describe as "maybe too much". With only around 300,000 inhabitants, Monocle 24 asks how the world's most northerly capital is coping with this growing success.

Lamenting the Loss of Hotel Okura, One of Tokyo's Modernist Gems

05:30 - 27 August, 2015
Lamenting the Loss of Hotel Okura, One of Tokyo's Modernist Gems, The lobby of Hotel Okura. Image © Monocle
The lobby of Hotel Okura. Image © Monocle

The news last year that the Hotel Okura, often described as one of Tokyo´s "Modernist gems," was to be demolished was met with widespread disappointment across the board. Built in 1962 under the design direction of Yoshiro Taniguchi, Hideo Kosaka, Shiko Munakata, and Kenkichi Tomimoto, the hotel has long been considered a significant architectural landmark in the Japanese capital. With only a week to go until the hotel checks out its last guest, Monocle—having been granted exclusive access—have shared with us a film to capture "the gracious ways of this much-loved building."

Monocle 24 Visits Some of the World's 'Second Cities'

08:00 - 22 August, 2015
Monocle 24 Visits Some of the World's 'Second Cities', Melbourne. Image © Ari Bakker
Melbourne. Image © Ari Bakker

For this week's edition of The Urbanist, Monocle's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team explore why being 'number two' is not always a bad thing in an episode about second cities and the ways in which they step out of their capital's shadow. From Milan to Melbourne, the team examine how and why some cities are carving their own niche in the international business and tourism markets. They also interview the Mayor of Aarhus about the challenges – and advantages – of governing Denmark’s second city.

The Legacy of Dictatorial Architecture in our Cities

04:05 - 14 August, 2015
The Legacy of Dictatorial Architecture in our Cities, Moscow State University: one of the 'Seven Sisters'. Image © Tinou Bao
Moscow State University: one of the 'Seven Sisters'. Image © Tinou Bao

For the latest edition of The Urbanist, Monocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team travel to Moscow, Portugal and Hong Kong to examine how "architecture has always been the unfortunate sidekick of any dictatorial regime." In the process they ask what these buildings actually stand for, and explore the legacy of the architecture of Fascist, Imperial and Brutalist regimes from around the world today. From the Seven Sisters in Moscow to António de Oliveira Salazar's Ministry of Internal Affairs in Lisbon, this episode asks how colonial, dictatorial and power-obsessed architecture has shaped our cities.