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In-Depth Interviews With Jonathan Meades and Thomas Heatherwick, Plus More

07:00 - 11 August, 2015
In-Depth Interviews With Jonathan Meades and Thomas Heatherwick, Plus More, Jonathan Meades. Image © Martha Warner
Jonathan Meades. Image © Martha Warner

Following the conclusion of a new radio series featuring in-depth interviews with inspirational names in global politics, business and the arts, we've picked out and compiled four of our favourites for you to listen to. Thirty minutes each, Monocle 24's collection of Big Interviews have heard from the likes of London-based designer Thomas Heatherwick, architectural critic, writer and broadcaster Jonathan Meades, plus developers and hoteliers Ian Schrager and André Balazs.

Monocle 24 Explore Architectural Competitions and 'Failed Bids'

04:00 - 7 August, 2015
Monocle 24 Explore Architectural Competitions and 'Failed Bids'

For this week's edition of The Urbanist, Monocle's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team discuss urbanism projects that were planned and never realised, what 'paper architecture' really is, and the importance of the architectural competition.

Monocle 24 Take a Trip to Rio de Janeiro's Near-Complete Olympic Village

04:15 - 31 July, 2015
Monocle 24 Take a Trip to Rio de Janeiro's Near-Complete Olympic Village, Etiquette and politeness in the city. Image © Thilo Hilberer
Etiquette and politeness in the city. Image © Thilo Hilberer

For this week's edition of Section D, Monocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, the Monocle team take a trip to the near-complete Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, plus take a look at the history of the US Embassy in Havanna. The latest edition of The Urbanist explores etiquette and politeness in the metropolis, examining the unspoken rules of conduct that make our cities tick and delve into the psychology of 'urban etiquette'.

Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Investigates the Influence of Politics in the City

04:55 - 24 July, 2015
Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Investigates the Influence of Politics in the City, Courtesy of Monocle
Courtesy of Monocle

For this edition of The Urbanist, Monocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team investigate politics in global "power cities." Visiting Brussels, capital of Belgium and administrative capital of the European Union, they explore how politics have changed the city over the last four decades. Further south, they travel to Vienna which, "diplomatically remains very important and wields power." Yet even though the UN have an outpost there, is the Austrian capital still a stage for international diplomacy? The episode also makes a quick stop at Embassy Row in Washington D.C. to examine the architecture of diplomatic design.

Monocle 24 Visit Richard Neutra's Residences in Los Angeles

04:30 - 22 July, 2015
Monocle 24 Visit Richard Neutra's Residences in Los Angeles, Courtesy of Monocle
Courtesy of Monocle

In the latest episode of Section D, Monocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, the team visit Richard Neutra's iconic modernist Neutra VDL Studio residential complex and Residences in Los Angeles. Though Modernism has often been criticised for imposing universal rules on people and areas, it was Neutra's intense client focus that won him acclaim.

Rendering the City Accessible

04:00 - 17 July, 2015
Rendering the City Accessible, Unlocking urban space in London. Image Courtesy of Monocle
Unlocking urban space in London. Image Courtesy of Monocle

The way our buildings and public spaces are planned has a significant impact on our quality of life. In the latest edition of The Urbanist, Monocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," Tom Edwards and his team explore urban accessibility and inclusivity: from how best to create and incorporate inclusive design, to a cab service in Hong Kong which has been designed especially for wheelchair passengers. They also discover what happens when technology and sound come together to create a map of the city, and why New York has introduced mental respite centres.

Monocle 24's 'Section D' Explores Public Space in Bandung and Housing in Montreal

04:10 - 15 July, 2015
Monocle 24's 'Section D' Explores Public Space in Bandung and Housing in Montreal, Skyline of Bandung, Indonesia. Image © sabung.hamster
Skyline of Bandung, Indonesia. Image © sabung.hamster

This edition of Section D, Monocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, travels to Indonesia’s third city Bandung, where former architect and current Mayor Ridwan Kamil "is transforming public space." The show also takes a tour of three early 20th-century apartment buildings in Montreal, and hears from Neri & Hu Design and Research Office in Shanghai.

Monocle 24 Examines the Impact of the 'Illegal City'

04:00 - 10 July, 2015
Monocle 24 Examines the Impact of the 'Illegal City', Metropolitan Graffiti Art. Image Courtesy of Monocle
Metropolitan Graffiti Art. Image Courtesy of Monocle

In the latest edition of The Urbanist, Monocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team tackle the illegal city and look at how our cities are dealing with those who are bending the rules. From Portugal to Albania to Brazil, Andrew Tuck and his correspondents explore how crime and illegality have become ubiquitous in our urban environment, from informal settlements and illegal housing, street art and rough sleeping, to the more sinister impact of inner-city organised crime.

UNStudio's Ben van Berkel on Designing High-Rise for Central London

04:00 - 2 July, 2015
UNStudio's Ben van Berkel on Designing High-Rise for Central London, Canaletto Tower, London / UNStudio. Image Courtesy of Monocle
Canaletto Tower, London / UNStudio. Image Courtesy of Monocle

In the latest episode of Monocle's Section D, Josh Fehnert talks to Ben van Berkel, co-founder and principal of Amsterdam-based UNStudio, about London's new Caneletto residential tower. The office, which was founded in 1988, has completed projects around the world ranging from Rotterdam’s Erasmus Bridge to the Mercedes-Benz Museumin Stuttgart. With over 81 built projects, and 54 currently in progress (including Raffles City in Hangzhou and Scotts Tower in Singapore), London’s Canaletto Tower (which is due to be completed in 2015) marks the practice’s first major project in the UK. The tower, located at the confluence of two London districts — Islington and Shoreditch — marks a significant moment for the Dutch practice's œuvre.

Monocle 24 Travels to Tokyo, Vienna and Melbourne Examining 'Quality of Life'

04:00 - 26 June, 2015
Monocle 24 Travels to Tokyo, Vienna and Melbourne Examining 'Quality of Life', 'The Urbanist' travels to Tokyo. Image Courtesy of Monocle
'The Urbanist' travels to Tokyo. Image Courtesy of Monocle

For this week's editions of Section D, Monocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, and The Urbanist, their weekly "guide to making better cities," the Monocle team travel across three continents exploring the seemingly illusive question of 'quality of life.'

Monocle 24 Investigates Playful Design and the Role of Luck in Shaping our Cities

04:30 - 19 June, 2015
Monocle 24 Investigates Playful Design and the Role of Luck in Shaping our Cities, Churchill Gardens Estate, London. Image © John Donat
Churchill Gardens Estate, London. Image © John Donat

For this week's editions of Section D, Monocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, and The Urbanist, their weekly "guide to making better cities," the Monocle team investigate the how the act of playing can shape design and the role of luck in our cities.

Thomas Heatherwick on People, Plants, Buses and Buildings

04:00 - 15 June, 2015
Thomas Heatherwick on People, Plants, Buses and Buildings, Thomas Heatherwick. Image © Jason Alden
Thomas Heatherwick. Image © Jason Alden

In an exclusive hour-long interview with British designer Thomas Heatherwick, Monocle's Andrew Tuck discusses building a business in the world of design and architecture, the process behind revamping the iconic red London bus, and the inspiration behind placing people – and plants – at the heart of the River Thames. Heatherwick leads London-based Heatherwick Studio, a multidisciplinary design practice who have recently completed a distillery in England and a learning hub in central Singapore, They are currently collaborating with BIG on the new Google Campus in San Francisco having been recently labelled as among the top ten most innovative architectural practices of 2015 by FastCompany.

Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Reports from the 2015 Congress of the Academy of Urbanism

04:05 - 12 June, 2015
Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Reports from the 2015 Congress of the Academy of Urbanism

For this edition of The Urbanist, Monocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team visited the annual congress of the Academy of Urbanism to discuss how happiness and wellbeing can be achieved on the urban level. In this show Andrew Tuck and his correspondents spoke to architects, planners, designers and urbanists in an attempt to ascertain what makes a 'social city' for 'social animals', and which metropolises from around the world offer lessons that we can learn from.

Monocle 24's 'Section D' Discusses Design and Architecture from Lebanon to Istanbul

04:00 - 10 June, 2015
Monocle 24's 'Section D' Discusses Design and Architecture from Lebanon to Istanbul

This edition of Section D, Monocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, dives into Beirut Design Week exploring "what Lebanese designers can show the world." In this show Josh Fehnert examines why Domus have decided to start an academy in Milan, speaks to Dutch typographer Joep Pohlen about his ultimate type reference guide, and assesses some of the architectural similarities between Istanbul and London. While the likenesses are not immediately obvious, both cities are currently undergoing an unprecedented property boom. Istanbul, a city with no strategic masterplan, is growing fast and there are lessons to be learnt from London's comparatively porous urban realm.

Monocle's Inaugural Conference In Lisbon Asks: What Is Quality Of Life?

05:00 - 28 April, 2015
Monocle's Inaugural Conference In Lisbon Asks: What Is Quality Of Life?, Isay Weinfeld discussing 'How to build the perfect house'. Image © Rodrigo Cardoso
Isay Weinfeld discussing 'How to build the perfect house'. Image © Rodrigo Cardoso

Monocle, a briefing on global affairs, business, culture and design, was founded by in 2007 by Tyler Brûlé, the former Editor-in-Chief of Wallpaper*. With over thirty correspondents working around the world, the magazine also has local bureaux in Tokyo, New York City, Hong Kong, Zürich, Toronto, Istanbul and Singapore. This month saw the publication host their inaugural international conference, centering on the enduring theme that has preoccupied the magazine since launch: Quality of Life.