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Nairobi: building better cities
Kenya’s Karura Forest offers not only respite from the bustling capital but also a sense of pride for its citizens.
Join Monocle’s editor Andrew Tuck and The Urbanist team, alongside a panel of special guests, for an evening of discussion – and a drink or two – at Midori House on 31 October to celebrate the launch of The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities.
São Paulo: building better cities
Brazil’s business capital has reinvented its city centre through clever urbanism. We meet the architects, gallery owners and transport visionaries powering this change.
Building safer cities
Monocle Films travels to Paris to bear witness to the French capital’s efforts to mitigate terrorism through smart design and architecture.
Property’s next move
The property sector is growing and it’s no longer business as usual. Will we see London reinvent flat rentals or Copenhagen up the quality of housing? The property market is ready for a shake-up.
Healthy cities: vim and vigour
Across the world governments and developers are waking up to the fact that healthier cities are happier ones. We touch down in three very different destinations to admire some of the best urban design initiatives.
Property Prospectus: Uzupis
Monocle Films heads to Vilnius to explore Uzupis. This creative and quirky corner of the Lithuanian capital is more than just a neighbourhood – it’s a mini-state.
Monocle’s second Quality of Life Conference kicked off in Vienna with a set of urban provocations. Here are Monocle’s top 10 city fixes.
How to Live in the City
Billions of people live in cities but how many of us actually live in our city? Hugo Macdonald, author of the book How to Live in the City, takes us to New York, Tokyo and London with tips noting down how to thrive in these urban hubs using pens from Cross's new city-inspired Peerless 125 Special-Edition Collection, inspired by iconic works of architecture; London's Elizabeth Tower, New York's Chrysler Building, and Tokyo's Skytree Tower.
Property Prospectus: Turin
Large-scale manufacturing is on the wane in Turin. Discover how the Regio Parco area is making use of empty industrial spaces to create a new, independent vibe.
Property prospectus: Kreis 4
Once a seedy neighbourhood with an air of debauchery, Zürich’s Kreis 4 is now a shiny hub of creativity. Monocle films pays a visit to the district to discover what all the fuss is about.
Taking the plunge
Swimming in the city got a boost this summer with the launch of inspiring new concepts in Berlin and London. We took a dip and explored the pool experiences on offer.
Urban growth: Solitair tree nursery
Cities are often seen as the flipside of nature: synthetic, sleek and sometimes impersonal. For places that pine after being greener, the Solitair tree nursery provides a blueprint. Monocle travelled to the nursery in Belgium to discover the value of investing in the future.
Building better cities
To draw Monocle's Quality of Life Conference to a close, our editor Andrew Tuck took an in-depth look at how metropolises are changing around the world and poses some fundamental questions to get city planners thinking.