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July/August

Is this your perfect match? We name the best places to call home. From handsome to just a little bit gritty, a ranking of the world's Top 25 Cities in our Quality of Life Survey. Monocle Global Report

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Built to plan

It isn’t as easy as some governments might suppose to build a metropolis from scratch with all the vibrancy of a city that has grown naturally. So here are three examples of cities from different periods of history that…

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Refit for purpose

Like so many accidental entrepreneurs, Masataka Baba only started his business because no one was offering what he needed. Now, having turned dozens of Tokyo’s disused commercial buildings into rentable properties, his firm…

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Driller thriller

Urban roads and country highways may be getting more congested but there is light at the end of the tunnel. The epic business of taking transit underground is enjoying a technological boom and things are only getting bigger…

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June 2015

By air, by land and... look, no hands! Monocle’s 2015 Transport Survey. Elegant two-wheelers, sleek run-abouts, a Japanese mini-jet and cute ways to commute. The people, products and players that make the world go round

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Garden city

EmQuartier is the sparkling centrepiece of Bangkok’s new luxury retail district. Its visionary CEO tells Monocle why it’s more like a movie blockbuster than a shopping mall.

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Unique exhibit

Martin Roth, director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, has broadened the institution’s artistic scope in the four years he has been in charge. And he’s got a plan for the next 10: championing culture’s crucial role in…

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Out of the past

Historically isolated from the rest of Japan, Kanazawa’s economy is now expanding thanks to a new rail link to Tokyo. But its inhabitants are determined to preserve the city’s unique traditions and distinctive architecture…

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May 2015

We can make it together: a design guide to building it better in 2015. Monocle's industry of perfect plumbing, sharp architecture and elegant joinery for anyone wanting a finer home – Special Survey.

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Team player

Despite his position as the president and COO of Ritz-Carlton, one of the world’s top hotel groups, Herve Humler’s ability to motivate all around him regardless of role is a modern-day inspiration.

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Next top modeller

The relationship between master and apprentice is based on trust and the belief of each in the talents of the other. Architectural model-maker Lee Howell is passing his expertise to Giles Harvey, in a craft that makes a…

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Common good

Small Giants is an investment company with big aspirations, backing projects that are both sustainable and profitable. The Commons apartment complex is the fruition of its business model centred around profit and purpose…

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Hot house

Every year the Côte d’Azur plays host to global property fair Mipim. The sunshine and beachside location mean it’s hardly a chore but this is more than a seaside jolly; it’s where the deals happen that will shape our cities…

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Persian plenitude

Despite heavy sanctions, a small faction of Iranians retain big purchasing power. Investors are keeping a close watch on this untapped market, looking to cash in on Tehran’s burgeoning retail scene.

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April 2015

Stride into the season: part one of our 2015 fashion and retail special. From the best-stocked rails to our top designers, Monocle unleashes all the tools you need to sharpen your game: Special Survey Series

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It's tea at the top

Pioneering agency Abbott Mead Vickers remade the world of advertising. But co-founder Peter Mead – still in the business after more than 45 years – proves to be more nice guy than Mad Man.

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