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November 2017

Design special. E-bikes get traction, shared workspace goes corporate, and the baker as urban hero.

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Editor's letter

Our editor in chief has a question: why can’t hoteliers preserve that which helped them build their business in the first place, rather than change things for the worse?

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The opener

An age-old old-age option for slowing traffic, Zürich’s booming techno scene, an ode to Lisbon airport and absurdly esoteric business cards: we run down the timeliest tidbits from around the globe.

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Crying the blues

In spite of an ever-changing sonic landscape, this Alabama juke joint remains a spirited social institution and a perfect setting in which to sing the blues.

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Image conscious

Vienna’s city council is doing a Google and mobile-mapping its streets. The mission? Use public space and get rid of old sweet machines.

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Behind the scenes

Ruben Östlund couldn’t create his idiosyncratic – and award-winning – films without his trusted team. From make-up artist to sound engineer, they’re the backbone of the creative process.

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Past lives

The Missoni designer looks to the past for inspiration as she drives her family brand forward.

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She who dares, wins

Digital innovation and streamlined services have made Estonia one of Europe’s most welcoming countries. Here the president discusses her nation’s winning streak – and its difficult neighbour.

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Politics briefing

How do you do foreign affairs when nobody recognises your country? Plus: why the US is in the year of the infallible mayor.

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Diplomacy briefing

A Norwegian aid airlift, the UN’s man in South Sudan and why hurricane season has reinvigorated Puerto Rico’s statehood bid.

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Defence briefing

Colombia’s defence minister on post-Farc security, Turkey’s pilot shortage, a game-changing water vessel and what’s in a name for the Royal Canadian navy’s ships.

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Cities briefing

A tale of two disaster-ready cities, the view on participatory urbanism from Aarhus and LA’s inventive way of dealing with the hot, hot heat.

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Over the rainbow

It’s been more than two decades since South Africa’s first democratic election and, while corruption allegations persist, there is some blue sky peeking through the clouds.

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Up in the heavens

When the Coptic pope headed to Melbourne, it was about more than tending the flock: he had a skyscraper deal to celebrate.

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Sea change

A tiny North Atlantic archipelago of 50,000 people, the Faroe Islands falls under the Danish crown. But economic growth and cultural confidence means that some Faroese see themselves as increasingly distant from the Danes…

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Space race

A boom in co-working spaces is offering freelancers flexibility. But are these business incubators a timely innovation or real-estate opportunism?

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Power up

Traditional bike sales may have peaked a decade ago but sales of electric bikes are gaining momentum. With innovation in the industry increasing, it seems that the market can only go in one direction.

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Drama queen

The director-general of Denmark’s public broadcaster on making an impact at home and abroad with hard news and show-stopping drama – and how she keeps her head in the game.

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Rock the house

Having restored the sheen to Sotheby’s rusty balance sheet, new CEO Tad Smith is reimagining the historic institution’s future by embracing digital.

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Business briefing

The new generation of helpful travel agencies, an urban distiller gives his team a getaway and cycle helmets that are both sturdy and sleek.

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