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As the Olympic Games in Rio approach, our correspondent dons a hard hat and takes a look at the near-completed Olympic Village. Plus we visit the ‘Disarming Design from Palestine’ exhibition in Ramallah, Josh Fehnert meets the Polish developers of new design application Tylko and we look at the history of the US Embassy in Havana as it re-opens.

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198 28 Jul 2015
00:28:55

Taking shape : 

As the Olympic Games in Rio approach, our correspondent dons a hard hat and takes a look at the near-completed Olympic Village. Plus we visit the ‘Disarming Design from Palestine’ exhibition in Ramallah, Josh Fehnert meets the Polish developers of new design application Tylko and we look at the history of the US Embassy in Havana as it re-opens.

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197 21 Jul 2015
00:29:11

Modernist Los Angeles : 

We take a tour of iconic modernist complex Neutra VDL Studio and Residences in Los Angeles, designed by Austrian-American architect Richard Neutra. We also hear from Madrid, where an exhibition charts the history of coming second in architecture and speak to Swiss industrial designer Yves Béhar. Plus: we find out about the architectural side of Toronto’s Pan American Games.

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196 14 Jul 2015
00:28:40

Designed for living : 

We head to the Indonesian city of Bandung where architect-turned-mayor Ridwan Kamil is redesigning the concept of public space for a new generation. We also talk men’s fashion for the season ahead with Daphné Hézard and mull over the future of Chinese architecture with Shanghai studio Neri&Hu. Plus: we visit three monolithic apartment buildings in Montréal that offer a snapshot of how good design can outlive fads.

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195 7 Jul 2015
00:28:44

Fair’s fair : 

Josh Fehnert meets the founders of ‘Fiera’, a new magazine that catalogues the output of the world’s design fairs. Plus Tom Morris meets design impresario Kelly Hoppen, David Plaisant goes to Battersea Power Station to check up on the progress of Phase One and we report from Toronto’s annual RAW Canvas conceptual architecture event.

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194 30 Jun 2015
00:28:36

Ben van Berkel: 

UNStudio's founder Ben van Berkel speaks to Josh Fehnert about the Canaletto tower where London's Islington and Shoreditch districts meet. Plus we meet Brazilian jewellery designer Monica Pondé, Copenhagen's technology and environment mayor and discuss contemporary Norwegian design with ambassador Mona Juul.

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193 23 Jun 2015
00:29:00

Sheffield on show: 

We head to Sheffield Design Week as the city pushes itself as a centre for design in the shadow of its manufacturing heritage. We talk to designer Ilse Crawford about The Pier, a new premium lounge for Cathay Pacific, and meet CEO of Montblanc, Jerome Lambert.

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192 16 Jun 2015
00:28:36

Let’s play!: 

David Plaisant investigates the legacy of brutalist architecture on the playground at the RIBA in London. We also hear from Ottawa, where a memorial is causing planning controversy, and Fernando Augusto Pacheco seeks pleasure and pain at a new exhibition on shoes.

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191 9 Jun 2015
00:30:00

Beirut bound: 

We take a look at what Lebanese designers can show the world and who else is exhibiting at Beirut Design Week. We find out why Milan’s Domus Academy design school is revamping its curriculum, speak to Dutch typographer Joep Pohlen about his ultimate type reference guide and assess the architectural similarities between Istanbul and London.

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190 2 Jun 2015
00:23:39

Exposure: 

We head to the World's Exposition in Milan and see which pavilion takes pride of place. Plus we take in the fresh scents and subtle tones of Brooklyn perfumery DS & Durga.

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189 26 May 2015
00:29:03

On the move : 

As Monocle issues its annual Transport Survey, we look at the UP Express in Toronto, excellent new terminals at Narita and Canberra airports and the design of TAP’s in-flight magazine. Plus we don our trunks and bikinis to discover the history of swimwear.

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188 19 May 2015
00:28:43

Material choices: 

This week we explore a wide selection of excellence in design, from a special installation by Piet Hein Eek for New York Design Week to the solid beauty of the humble red brick in Hamburg and a Manchester menswear outfitter setting up shop in London.

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187 12 May 2015
00:28:36

Changing spaces: 

A look at two prominent architectural projects that are set to drastically change their urban context: the recently completed Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the ongoing redevelopment of London’s Battersea Power Station. We also seek a definition of luxury at the V&A and visit the London Stationery Show.

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