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Sound and Health: Hospitals

Sound can have serious impacts on our health and wellbeing.And there’s no better place to think about health than to Joel Beckerman, sound designer and composer at Man Made Music:

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Private and public development, part one

What role do private developers play in changing public spaces in our cities? This week we join the Van Alen Institute in London as it visits, learns about and passes judgement on the city’s hea

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Smarter and greener without overinvesting, with Chungha Cha

In this epsiode of the Smart Communtiy Podcast, Zoe has a fascinting conversation with Chunga Cha, the Co-founder and Chair of the Re-Imagining Cities Foundation. Zoe and Cha discuss his background in

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281- La Sagrada Familia

There are a lot of Gothic churches in Spain, but this one is different. It doesn’t look like a Gothic cathedral. It looks organic, like it was built out of bones or sand. But there’s another thing tha



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Tall Stories 157: Helsinki’s Mikael Agricola church

This week Monocle 24’s Markus Hippi takes us to Helsinki where one church has a unique feature that most Finns have never heard of.

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adaptable and iterative approaches to planning and design, with Prugya Main

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe has a great chat with Prugya Maini, an urban ist with a background in planning and design. Prugya tells us how evidence-based planning frameworks, o

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Sound and Health: Cities

Is our blaring modern soundscape harming our health? Cities are noisy places and while people are pretty good at tuning it out on a day-to-day basis our sonic environments have serious, long-term impa

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Time for an update

After 46 years, Paris is set to welcome a new skyscraper. Plus: we look at a photography book showcasing Atlantic City and discuss sick-building syndrome.


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54 — Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira — 2/3 — Exploding Neo-Tokyo Twice

In the second part of our discussion, we talk through the whole, incredibly epic six-volume manga 'Akira' from start to finish. Music is from the soundtrack to the film 'Akira' by Geinoh Yamashirogumi

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354- Weeding is Fundamental

Libraries get rid of books all the time. There are so many new books coming in every day and only a finite amount of library space. The practice of freeing up library space is called weeding. When the

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Tall Stories 156: Thessaloniki’s Koulouri

A tour of the tiny kiosks that can be found on nearly every corner of Greece's second-largest city.

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Urban mining and the value of citizen thinking, with Abel Immaraj

In this episode of the Smart Community podcast, Zoe has a fascinating conversation with Abel Immaraj, a consultant and hydraulic engineer with a background in natural resource management and national,


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Death and the city

How do cities plan for the afterlife? We visit the places where space for the dead is almost as expensive as it is for the living. Plus: a modernist approach to the cemetery and the importance of arch

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Considering the impacts of emerging technologies on all members of a Smart Community, with

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Zoe has an interesting chat with Samson Williams, Principal Consultant at Axes and Eggs, a thinktank and digital advisor on emerging technologies. Samso

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353- From Bombay with Love

From the 1950s right up to its collapse, people in the Soviet Union were completely infatuated with Indian cinema. India and The Soviet Union had completely different politics, languages, and cultures

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Tall Stories 155: Vienna’s sausage stands

They may be plain and boxy but these kiosks are vital meeting places, attracting customers from across social boundaries. Invariably found near landmarks, they engage in a curious architectural dialog



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