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My life as a minibus
We hop aboard the M1 in Madrid to see how the nifty Wolta Rampini offers a helping hand to those who need it most: residents in the steep, historic borough of Lavapies.
Campus of creativity
“Fostering independent thinking” is a key phrase in modern education but it’s not easy to do. We visit Madrid’s Colegio Estudio to meet its enlightened teachers and alumni.
Madrid: The Monocle Travel Guide
Madrid has thrown off the shackles of tradition: what was once a buttoned-down bastion of conservatism has become Spain’s unabashed centre of the avant-garde. Monocle films visits the city to discover a melting pot of talent, taste and tenacity. Published by Gestalten, The Monocle Travel Guide to Madrid is available now at The Monocle Shop.
On the home front: Edificio Princesa
It was designed by a suspect bohemian, houses a coup plotter and is today favoured by young, liberal creatives. Madrid's Edificio Princesa, once both bunker and luxury home for Franco's loyal cadre, is a concrete testament to the contradictions and bold optimism of Spain's transition to democracy.
It's not all bad news on the streets of Madrid. The economic crisis is stirring a new generation of young, creative entrepreneurs into action - and the city is undergoing a refreshing and very visible transformation as a result. As bold new retail, hospitality and co-working initiatives turn traditional concepts on their head, Monocle sits down with some of the progressive voices leading the charge.