Contributors / Sonia Zhuravlyova

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26. Step change

Civic leaders must build their cities’ resilience through people-focused infrastructure, says urban specialist Michael Berkowitz.

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Kenzo Takada

The Japanese fashion designer, best known for his eponymous label Kenzo, puts his success down to happenstance – but he’s being modest. Instead he should claim innovation and a sense of fun as the elements that have made…

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Hive of industry

Soundproofed chairs, high ceilings and yellow upholstery have helped Estonian newspaper ‘Aripaev’ turn a factory hall in Tallinn into a modern office for busy bees.

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Worship worthy

When architect Ricardo Bofill discovered a vast, disused cement factory, he transformed it into his firm’s HQ – an office of religious proportions.

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Best in class: Paris

Shoppers are welcome to wander at their leisure around this inviting emporium where homeware, crockery and even the colours are inspired by the owner’s love of travel.

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War and peace

Despite its soft-power credentials, there are many factors that are hindering Russia’s progress – not least its relations with the West. But is maintaining the status quo at home appealing to ordinary citizens who remember…

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Gearing up

Volvo’s CEO discusses shifting the brand’s focus to the premium market and reveals its plans for electric and self-driving cars – all while maintaining its reputation for safety, of course.

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Standing on solid ground

The Czech town of Zlin was transformed by a visionary shoemaker who wanted to house his workers in a garden city – we put our best foot forward to explore his functionalist masterpiece.

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