Contributors / Ann Marie Gardner

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Buena Vista golf club

Cuba is hoping to revive its ailing economy by opening up the tourist market, giving the go-ahead to a string of swanky new golf resorts. But how do you develop this unique country without diluting its character? Monocle…

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Inside the box

Habitat 67 proves that buildings created for events – in this case Montréal’s Expo of 1967 – can continue to be useful. We meet three residents and talk to the architect about why the project has been such a success.

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Northern light

Husband and wife Doug Yingst and Bonnie Sloane called upon self-taught architect David Salmela to create their vision of a light-filled residence between forest and lake, exemplifying the shifting northern seasons.

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Catch of the day

The remote Alaskan outpost of Unalaska boasts the US’s biggest commercial port, thanks to a hugely profitable fishing season. And don’t forget the oil industry and a hit TV series...

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Esquilino

Hidden in the heart of the city, Rome’s most multicultural neighbourhood is attracting creatives to its vibrant and intrigue-laden streets.

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Andaz 5th Avenue

The latest opening in Hyatt’s chain of boutique hotels is a rare beast – a friendly and relaxing NYC establishment where even native New Yorkers will be able to experience a fresh take on their city.

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Hula hopes

Honolulu, our top-ranking US city for the third year running, wants to shed its honeymoon hotspot image. The film industry, renewable energy and agriculture are helping transform it into a new Pacific power.

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Finnish beginning

The World Design Capital for 2012 is having a design renaissance. Helsinki officials, academics and designers are inspired by the chance to prove it isn’t stuck in the shade of its mid-century heritage. Three key facts:…

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Stage craft

As the summer festival season approaches we visited the factories of three musical instrument makers who are world leaders for their attention to craft and superior sound quality.

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New road ahead

Instead of focusing on the political malaise caused by the collapse of its economy in 2008, Iceland’s close-knit and talented community – led by a new, grounded prime minister – is returning to old values, and reworking…

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Lost and found

Thanks to a strong leader, oil discoveries, new direct flights to Europe and a prime-time drama set in St John’s, it’s boom time for this Canadian province, leading everyone from Norwegian engineers to New York art direc…

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Open and shut case

Pelican Products was founded by a diver who wanted to keep his equipment safe and now it makes protective cases for everyone from the military to the iPhone user. It’s expanded into ingenious lighting systems – and is…

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On the money

How come some nations’ banks glided through the global banking crisis unscathed? Do we even need money? But what if it’s forged? Three writers deposit their accounts.

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Briefing

Colombian president Álvaro Uribe’s Me and My Motorcade. Plus, the US prepares to launch its first national tourism organisation, Uruguay gears up for its presidential elections and São Paulo’s drivers get a brief respite…

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Briefing

Colombian president Álvaro Uribe’s Me and My Motorcade. Plus, the US prepares to launch its first national tourism organisation, Uruguay gears up for its presidential elections and São Paulo’s drivers get a brief respite…

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Jock tactics

Everyone loves a good, bad and ugly anti-hero and Canadian ice hockey commentator Don Cherry is just that. At 75, he still enrages and entertains in equal measure with his signature brand of tough talk and strong opinions…

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California on a roll

What would the US be without the hamburger? Like a country without a decent urban commuter bike. And that’s been the case, until Specialized set up a workshop in California to produce new designs that are tarmac-lickin’…

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Reel estate

If your town needs a tourism boost, there is nothing more likely to bring in the punters than a blockbusting film set on your street. No wonder cities are offering film companies big incentives for a moment on the casting…

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Show starters

Worth billions but well below the radar; big in China but overlooked in London; consummately professional but often part-time – the lounge act is a fascinating and uncharted universe. Monocle explores an undervalued talent…

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Little big bucks

Native American tribes in the US and Canada have become powerful business and political forces and have learnt how to get Obama and Ottawa on their side. Monocle meets the chiefs leading the renaissance.

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The Full Monte

In Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, multinational companies are setting up shop, ports are being built to serve the forestry industry and property is going cheap. All the city needs now is a new generation of global…

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Dark horizons

The collapse of Iceland’s banks is sending shock waves through the nation. Job losses and mortgage increases are common complaints on the streets of Reykjavik. But though the mood is bleak, some creative Icelanders are…

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Writing history

Leading up to the US elections, Monocle spoke to reporters from around the globe based in America about their take on the proceedings for our series ‘From their own correspondent’. With Obama storming to victory, they tell…

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Pipe dreams

In the far north of Canada the frontier lifestyle is still alive and kicking – and nowhere more so than in Yellowknife. First they struck gold, then diamonds, and now there’s gas. But today those frontier folk are just as…

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