Contributors / Ed Stocker

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Hot property

There’s nothing dry about desert architecture. At its best, it channels the spirit of its surroundings and takes inspiration from the light and the landscape. We hit the shimmering Arizona roads to take the temperature of…

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Beauty therapy

When cosmetics-maker Davines relocated to the outskirts of Parma to focus on its values, it started a regional revolution in how businesses balance purpose and profit.

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Give us a wave

Eladio Dieste made brick beautiful. Now the Uruguayan’s curved aesthetic is proving to be more relevant than ever.

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Happy campers

Camper vans are, well, having a moment. And unlike the unwieldy motorhomes of the past, people are increasingly turning to their versatility for a short holiday or weekend break. We meet the brands leading the charge and…

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Van of means

The most prosperous camper vans pay attention to both form and function. When creating your own, don’t scrimp on the details – custom beer tap included.

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16. Altered states

Former UN ambassador Samantha Power on why the Trump administration has got it all wrong.

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Writing a contemporary novel? Dave Eggers, founder of publishing house McSweeney’s, says that you should shelve it – at least for now. Instead, focus on ridding the world of Trump and then search for utopia – in fact and…

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Polling power

With the 2020 US elections on the horizon, we find out how the creatives behind the country’s most effective political adverts bring in the votes.

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Running battles

After 14 years as Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales was forced to resign last November. Now exiled in Argentina, he is rallying supporters and seeking his party’s return to power.

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Making a scene

Mexico’s second city, Guadalajara, is dynamic yet intimate. It entices emerging artists as well as collectors on the hunt for fresh talent.

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Paddle power

As developers eye New York’s Gowanus Canal, Ed Stocker takes to the water in one of the city's grubbiest but most interesting corners.

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Dab hand

New York’s whacky mystics are clinging on to real estate in a changing city. Ed Stocker tempts fate by visiting a palm reader.

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Open book

Bookseller James Daunt has been tasked with changing the fortunes of Barnes & Noble. We take a glimpse inside the covers.

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Phoenix rising

As our report on the experiences of Waterstones and Barnes & Noble shows, rough times are part of business. But putting the right people in charge can be the difference between sinking and swimming. We profile the firms…

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Talk show

Pork chops and promises are part of the race for the White House at that livestock-laden oracle, Iowa State Fair.

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Fine lines

Aspen might be known for its spectacular skiing but it’s also home to an architectural legacy left by a gifted Bauhaus master.

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Under the covers

Artist and historian Rachel Schreiber is the new head of the celebrated Parsons School of Design. As she rethinks its role, she finds solace in the New York Public Library.

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Greasing the wheels

The latest stop in our series is Tulsa. Despite a slowing trickle of oil money it is rich in creative vision and optimism for the future; now it just needs to get the rest of the world on board.

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Street smarts

New York Public Library is reviving a classic: the mobile library last seen on the city’s roads more than 30 years ago. The Bookmobile’s wheels are set to roll and, with the help of a friendly lion, it’s already winning…

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Rolling stone

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

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What a carry-on

Long beholden to industry giants, the luggage sector is now packed with fresh faces poised for market domination. We hear the case for start-ups and meet some of the major players.

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Throwing signs

Like any language, signing changes with the times – and that incorporates updates to include the latest obscenities and drug references. Monocle put its hands up for a lesson in lyrics at a Texas gig.

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