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.
||CleanThe Urbanist - Cities on the big screen||This week we’ve joined forces with ‘The Cinema Show’ to bring you a special episode on the relationship between our cities and the big screen. We explore how movies can shape a city as a brand, chat with James Sanders about New York on film and head||4 2 2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Urbanist - Department stores||Department stores have redefined the shopping habits of many but what impact did they actually have in the city when they first appeared? We look at the history of the London department store and head to Paris to explore France’s first, Le Bon Marché.||28 1 2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Urbanist - Transformative urbanism||The city is always evolving but change is not always synonymous with transformation. This week we explore how the urban environment has gradually altered, most of the time thanks to us – ordinary citizens. We discuss the concept of participatory placema||21 1 2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Urbanist - Fighting the establishment||From small businesses to citizen collectives, we discover how championing transformative change from the ground up can be the best way to alter the status quo in our cities. We see how the Ministry of Space is reclaiming public spaces in Belgrade, visit V||14 1 2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Urbanist - New Year’s resolutions||With our first show in 2016 come a few resolutions for cities. We discover what resolutions won’t be broken in Paris, find out how our personal ones can change cities for the better and ask if 2016 is the year New York finally does something about its a||7 1 2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Urbanist - Urban heroes||We recap our series on urban heroes, looking at four real characters in the community who are actively working to make our cities better places. Join us as we meet a preservationist in Lisbon, a civic leader in Dallas, food activists in Istanbul and a med||31 12 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Urbanist - Best of 2015||We look back over the past 12 months at some of the most colourful and fascinating moments on ‘The Urbanist’. We hop on a houseboat in San Francisco, learn the craft of bell-ringing, chat with Daniel Libeskind and party with a cycling orchestra in Rio||24 12 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Urbanist - It’s Christmas time||As people head out to get last-minute gifts, we bring you a festive episode looking at how Christmas affects our cities. We visit Strasbourg’s 400-year-old market, discover how things got a bit out of hand with lightning decorations in Colombia and head||17 12 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Urbanist - Hipsters||It’s the most dangerous species out there: the hipster. We look at how one of the most popular subcultures has become the scapegoat for the problems of a city, from gentrification to expensive cold brew. Join us as we explore the great hipster reshuffli||10 12 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Urbanist - Deliveries||From cycle messengers in Lisbon to a family-owned company that delivers Scottish Christmas trees all around London, we discover how people around the world are getting their logistics sorted and how new demands transform our cities. Plus: we wrap up our s||3 12 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Urbanist - Paris: My city||As the world remains on edge following the events in Paris on 13 November, we decided to take a step back to see how continuing with the Parisian way of life is the best way to fight terrorism. In the end Paris will remain just as it is – a testimony to||26 11 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Urbanist - Urbanistas||Would a city planned or managed by a woman look different to any other? And who are the female urban leaders and architects making a difference in the community? This week is not about adapting the city for women but looking at those women who are changin||19 11 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Urbanist - Unusual neighbours||More often than not you don’t get to pick your neighbours. But while some argue about fences, noisy parties and bushy trees, we decided to take a look at the diversity in our cities and pick out some unusual but rather harmonious relationships all round||12 11 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Urbanist - Music and the city||Acoustics and music can help shape the way people interact with their cities. But how aware are we of the sounds that surround us and are there places that are more musical than others? We discover how the music industry and city planning can be brought t||5 11 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Urbanist - CityLab 2015||We report from CityLab, a two-and-a-half-day summit that gathered the world’s top mayors and urban leaders for a series of chats on how to to make our cities a better place. We explore the vision for London’s transport infrastructure, discover how Rio||29 10 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
The big, bad city just got a whole lot nicer.
This is a superb podcast for anyone interested in hearing adroit, informed and completely engaged discussion about all things urban. It’s funny too. Presenter Andrew Tuck, Editor of Monocle, is clearly passionate about his subject but not pompous with it, declaring “The Urbanist is for the people who believe the countryside is best left to cattle and bugs and who find being rammed up against all humanity a good thing”. Whimsy dispensed, he quickly rolls up his city shirtsleeves and gets down to gritty business.
The first episode features three main stories. First up is Jan Gehl, Danish Architect and Urban Planner whose career has focused on improving the quality of urban life by re-orienting city design towards the pedestrian and cyclist.
Next is independent filmmaker Gary Hustwit who joins Tuck in the studio to talk about his new film Urbanised, a documentary about the design of cities in which he features the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.
Finally, the programme talks to Tim Fendley, Co-Founder of Applied, a company that designs wayfinding information. Fendley’s fixation is to make sense of cities and create “eureka moments” when people work out how different parts of a city connect and that they can walk from A to B in far less time they had ever thought possible.
If the first episode is any indication, this podcast series is sure to impress again and again, subtly scratching away the often grimy and one-dimensional perceptions we have of cities and offering a far clearer looking glass to observe our rich metropolises in all their glory.
The Urbanist. The big, bad city just got a whole lot nicer.
Informative and engaging
This podcast keeps me motivated and keeps reminding me why I'm studying urban design.