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Sleeping giants

Sophie Grove reporting on revivals: Many successful companies have been scuppered by circumstance over the years but in some cases there’s an argument for resurrection. Why not bring back these fine examples?

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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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Worlds collide

Two new museums showcase two sides of Yves Saint Laurent’s life’s work: from classical to florid; simple black to vibrant colour; Paris to Marrakech.

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Light up

Neon has been big business in Geneva since the 1930s; we find out why the city has been going with the glow ever since.

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Social climbers

Staircases can trigger conversations, provide a sense of arrival and dazzle with ingenuity. So why are they neglected in the design of so many new projects?

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Faith in the future

As resilient and storied as the city she calls home, Marianne Faithfull is far from your average grande rock’n’roll dame.

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✕5 Essays

Our wise contributors unravel the riddles at the heart of our cities: what makes them tick, how they can work better and what nocturnal joys lie within.

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Dips at dusk

Few things are more tranquil than a long and languorous swim – and slip into the water come nightfall and it's more soothing still. We visit Iceland, Australia and France to take a few starlit dips in some of the world’s…

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Form and function: Wallington

Australia’s architectural heritage is rooted in practicality but has since been elevated – even those houses that are already on stumps – by modern interpretation to become something altogether more elegant and enduring.…

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Form and function: Tasmania

Australia’s architectural heritage is rooted in practicality but has since been elevated – even those houses that are already on stumps – by modern interpretation to become something altogether more elegant and enduring.…

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Key to a happy home

There’s something wrong with the homes being erected around the globe: they are all about a chilly display of wealth, not creating a place that makes you feel safe. It’s time to campaign for a new healthy architecture.

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Part with the furniture

Chairs, tables and ceramics are, first and foremost, made to be used. But buy the right pieces and 2016 could be the year that you make a profit on your Prouvé and earn from your Eames; here’s how to go from home to auction…

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Customs control

The world (yes, even the bits you know) is odder, quirkier and more downright bizarre than you might imagine. Come with us on a journey to discover where the emperor rules the calendar, Hush-hush Hannah is a star and the…

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Artistic Merit

Sophie Grove reporting from San Sebastián: This city is a Basque beauty but has a troubled past that has left bullet holes in buildings. But through food, theatre and a bit of beach life, a new, happier and reconciled place…

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Home advantage

Isolated and challenged financially, Armenia faces a set of problems common to many post-Soviet nations. But in the capital of Yerevan, a new generation of tech-savvy entrepreneurs is forging exciting links with the outside…

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Hidden depths

The city of Trabzon in northeastern Turkey sits where mountainous terrain meets the Black Sea and while its tough-living population is fiercely patriotic, not all agree on the region’s character. So just what does it mean…

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Town of the talk

A new kind of politicking and activism has sprung up in Istanbul since it became home to Syria’s official opposition. Monocle meets the diplomats and advocates forging ahead for change in uncertain territory.

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All hands on deck

Traditional gulet vessels built in Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula have long kept the region’s economy afloat. But changes in the market have led many to fear for the future of the boat-making skills that have been passed down…

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Land lovers

Whether it’s Michelin-starred vegetables from Japan or seaweed-based skincare in the UK, rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty opens up a world of business opportunities with which city life just can’t com…

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Engine boom

Turkey’s automotive production centre is the country’s engineering triumph but it has yet to lay claim to a fully homegrown product. Monocle traces the city’s rich history and the increasing hopes for a Bursa brand.

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