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Contributors / Jessica Bridger

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Places that inspire

There is no such thing as neutral architecture. Every part of a building’s design, from its layout to the texture of its materials and the balance of natural and artificial light, has a profound effect on us. Studies have…


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Taking to the waters

The Swiss city of Baden is named after its baths but only recently has it embraced its curative waters and revived the riverfront. We dive in to find out how.

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Shifting gears

Not content to stay in his lane, Fiat’s CEO Olivier François is rallying the brand – and its hometown – towards an electric future.

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Destination: Basel

Thirty years ago the already polluted Rhine turned red after a chemical spill. Now cleaned up, the stretch through Basel has been revitalised to become a conduit for commuters, sunbathers and spritzes.

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Built to last

Many cities need more housing schemes but fall short of making them characterful and interesting. We visit a Swiss development that has built-in charm and diversity.

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Expo: Time capsule

Located on Lake Zürich, Strandbad Wollishofen is a swimming spot that has stood the test of time, respecting its prewar design while meeting contemporary demands. Join the early-morning crowd or, come the evening, wine and…


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