Chief Editor


2:20pm – 2:50pm

Arbiter of the City

Andrew Tuck is the founding editor of Monocle magazine and host of The Urbanist, the only radio show in the world dedicated to making better cities. The program has explored such themes as how to run a city hall, gentrification, Olympic city legacies and green space, and has featured interviews with the world’s leading urban thinkers and mayors. Tuck is also the editor of The Monocle Book Collection, including The Monocle Guide to Better Living, and the ever-expanding Travel Guide Series featuring 16 cities; both are published by Gestalten. Prior to joining Monocle, Tuck was the executive editor of the Independent on Sunday newspaper in the UK and also ran their Sunday and Saturday magazines.

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Evolving Quality of Life Metrics and the Role of a Great City

Monocle has a number of do’s and don’ts for a great city: No glass balconies; do loggias instead. No plate-glass walls as they create a “corporate chill.” Be adventurous with landscaping: create shade and pathways that lure people in. Be fun after dark. Many cities have become too prim. Create a subtle brand, like New York’s High Line. Bring in small retail outlets to energize a neighborhood. You can measure a city in metrics, but also with your soul: do you connect emotionally, does it feel unique, still have some grit? A city should not over-manage your behavior; it should be tolerant, offer pocket parks. Let your hotel be the place where start-ups begin, where creative people meet. Give them a reason to do so. What if the hotel had an artist’s studio or go-to nightlife? These are exciting times for urbanism. Hotels can be the solution that city halls are looking for.

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