Who is Shigeru Miyamoto?
On Design on Monocle 24: Monocle's David Phelan takes a closer look at his life and work. If you've ever played a Nintendo games console you've probably enjoyed the work of Shigeru Miyamoto. The company's driving creative force trained as a designer. Monocle's David Phelan takes a closer look at his life and work.
In Boston the concept of a shadow is, well, casting something of a shadow. Current legislation restricts the height of buildings around Boston Common and the Public Garden to avoid those kicking back on the grass having their sunlight cut out. But the mayor wants to have the law amended to allow a company to buy a property that looks onto the green space. Millennium Partners plans to knock down the disused garage space and construct a gleaming new skyscraper that will rise to about 235 metres. Some councillors are up in arms but others can see the benefits – and it has something to do with the price tag of $153m (€141m) that Millennium is offering to pay the city. The money could be used to make upgrades to the park and also be invested in some of the city’s more underprivileged areas.
Breath of fresh air
Just how green is your city? That’s the question that researchers at MIT’s Senseable City Lab are attempting to answer with Treepedia, a new initiative created in collaboration with the World Economic Forum that documents the amount of greenery in major metropolises. Using data collected via Google Maps and its street-view platform, the researchers have created an interactive map of each city that highlights its greenest (and brownest) spots. It is an eminently useful tool to assist urban planners and citizens with targeting the parts of their cities that need attention; after all, the positive impact of greenery on public health and wellbeing is well documented. Each city has also been awarded an overall “green index” score. At the top of the tree – perhaps unsurprisingly – is Singapore, followed by Sydney and Vancouver. Meanwhile those in Paris, Quito and São Paulo – which recorded the lowest scores of the lot – had better get their gardening gloves on.
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Georgina Godwin meets Irvine Welsh, the hugely acclaimed and often controversial author who defined a generation with his debut novel ‘Trainspotting’. In his new book ‘The Blade Artist’, Begbie is back. Find out how this bad boy of Glasgow has reinvented himself – and how the author has too.
The Classics 18: Dennis Morris
A listen back to a chat with photographer and creative Dennis Morris, whose work with musicians such as Bob Marley and John Lydon – for whom he designed the classic ‘Metal Box’ album art – has earned him a unique place in music history. Original air date: 6 March 2016
On Design 37: Who was Josef Frank?
Stockholm’s design chops are much touted but one practitioner from Austria helped shape the scene more than most locals. Josh Fehnert explores the legacy of the late Josef Frank.
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The Pacific Shift brings you music from around the Pacific Rim, Asia and beyond. J-pop, K-pop, T-pop and more, Monocle is the soundtrack to your day by the Pacific.
Thursday 27 April
We ask what China’s long-term game plan is as the US and North Korea get closer to potential conflict and find out why Angela Merkel thinks the UK should stop deluding itself over Brexit. Plus: author JD Daniels on his book ‘The Correspondence’.
97-98: Pack and go
Tom Edwards is joined in the studio by Monocle writer Chiara Rimella to discuss the must-pack items, and the designers who make them, before you set off on a trip.
Are certain cities synonymous with certain crimes? We speak with urban activists from three different regions about dealing with violence and ask if design can change the way the public perceives the police.
Thursday 27 April
As the race for the Elyseé enters its final stage, could the far-left end up supporting Marine Le Pen? Plus: Donald Trump puts the funding of his border wall on hold – for now, Turkey arrests more than 1,000 people and Netanyahu cancels a meeting with Germany’s foreign minister because he met with activists.
Monocle preview: May issue 2017
If you're in search of a good-looking city to provide a beguiling base for your start-up or residence, our design and property special will be right up your street. We've got all the other details covered too – architects to hire, trade fairs to visit – as well as our usual house-proud line-up of riveting reports and unique photography.Available now at The Monocle Shop.
MonocleA. Lange & Söhne
Monocle Films has partnered with A. Lange & Söhne to uncover the mystery of how to create a sublime timepiece that will last for generations. We delve into the world of horology to see exactly how the masters do it.
Celebrating fashion in Beirut
A group of edgy fashion designers and Lebanon’s ALBA fashion school are shining a light on the possibilities for the next generation of creatives.
Issue 103 ∙ May 2017
Design and property special. Inside: bright ideas from Barcelona, a Beirut chanteuse and the US’s new liberal capital.
Issue 102 ∙ April 2017
How to: start a fashion brand, join the indie sports team and look hot (in a considered way). Plus: On patrol with a more vigilant Swedish army, our inaugural HQ Audit, the prime minister of Malta on a tough Brexit and our EXPO on the juicy delights of Thailand's blissed-out party Wonderfruit.
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With China and Russia as neighbours, Mongolia’s future rests on pragmatism and smart planning. We look at the forces driving the growth of central Asia’s oasis of democracy.
Cut from different cloth
Uniqlo’s new home represents the company’s desire to become a more hi-tech operation – and rewire its staff at the same time.
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The Bulletin with UBS
Artificial intelligence could have a major impact upon Asia – and the world at large. According to a new UBS CIO report, by 2030 it will have added up to $3trn of economic value to Asia annually. We’ll explore that data with the report author and a top equity analyst, and we’ll ask how governments, firms and society can best cope with potential job losses as a result of this growth.