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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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Royal to the last

Montréal’s Linton, Chateau and Acadia apartment buildings are beacons of historic grandeur among the surrounding modern blocks. Monocle takes the tour and finds homes that celebrate the city’s architectural heritage.

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Public realm

From sleek fire stations and light-filled libraries to smart-looking bus shelters, residents and visitors to this South Tyrolean valley are reaping the rewards of an inspired, flexible approach to public architecture.

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Beat the retreat

Racing ahead of health resorts that stand on ceremony when it comes to exercise regimes and what to eat, our retreat gives guests a happy mix of gym classes, nutritious food and the Old Town’s card players and cobbled…

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Better by design

Architect Ridwan Kamil was an outsider when he stood for mayor in his hometown and remains idiosyncratic in office. Public space and design-minded attitude are his tools and his goal is nothing less than remaking his city’s…

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Stage right

As artistic director at the Sydney Theatre Company, playwright Andrew Upton has helped pen a star part for the city’s iconic cultural institution. He talks to Monocle about what makes Sydney so special and why telling…

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Sprinting press

Running magazines are everywhere but few of them put long-form journalism before tips and product reviews. Runner Yuito Ueda has set out to change that with a periodical paced for the more thoughtful pavement pounder.

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Voice of the people

Thriving, thrusting media should be the heartbeat of a city; in the thick of it, asking the big questions and entertaining commuters and natives alike. Monocle visits three outlets that set the agendas for their cities in…

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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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Urban renewal

What makes a busy city tick along? Here we outline some simple improvements we’d like to see shaping our metropolises into more inclusive places to live, from winding roads to rotating benches.

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x08 Essays

From architects and chefs to writers and directors, our contributors consider what draws them to their favourite cities and what quality of life means to them.

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Sports Expo

Sport and socialising are best combined. Monocle tried out three activities that value a friendly chat - and the odd beer - as highly as working up a sweat.

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Take the lead

Every city needs a leader – a reliable ruler to rally troops and respond to demands – but when his or her duties include diving into murky sewers, catching venomous snakes or working through the night, it can be tricky to…

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Home runs

Whether it’s the hospitable feel of Madrid’s Conde Duque, the combination of old and new in Tel Aviv’s Neve Tzedek or the architectural assortment of Chapinero Alto in Bogotá, the opportunities presented by these three…

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Oceania briefing

North Queensland puts the "town" back in Townsville, Sydney signage and hurricane-resistant housing in Fiji.

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Asia briefing

Seoul's new performing-arts centre, sustainable architecture in Shanghai and Japan's efforts to fill empty houses.

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Americas briefing

Drinking to San Antonio's success, on the buses in Curitiba and New York's small solution to a big problem.

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Sure shots

Nothing beats the warm embrace of a bar or café and whether it’s a speakeasy in Singapore or a cosy Torinese institution, we have found the most welcoming ones across the globe.

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Expo: Best-kept secret

Spread across a basin in a picturesque peninsula surrounded by the sea, Athens offers its residents a choice of beaches to enjoy away from the hustle and bustle of the daily city grind. The views aren’t too shabby either…

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Urban growth

Cities are often seen as the flipside of nature: synthetic, sleek and sometimes a little bit impersonal. In fact, bringing elements of the wild into urban spaces has always been the hallmark of the well-thought-out city and…

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Clean house

Faced with the curses and blessings of gentrification, Porto’s mayor is renovating derelict buildings in the historic centre to create social housing and ensure the city does not lose its flair.

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Observation

Reminiscing about an inviting café in Munich has been making Tyler Brûlé rather happy this month. The Bavarian capital, with its fine-tuned urban elements and buzzing businesses, is a prime example of a liveable city.

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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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Expo no. 84: Freight of your life

It might be a panda en route to a zoo or cashmere jumpers heading for Beijing or Boston. But regardless of value there is a good chance it is going to be shipped through Hong Kong International Airport’s cargo hub.

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