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July/August 2016

Easy going: the new basics of better urbanism and liveability. Our 2016 survey of the elements that define superior cities – and why a bit of action after sundown is as vital as bike lanes and smooth tram lines.

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Global gathering

Before you take a closer look at the make-up of our tenth annual Quality of Life Survey, examine the final rankings (and, of course, let us know if you dispute them).

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Top 25 liveable cities

In this year’s Quality of Life survey we’ve gone beyond the sun to assess cities not just by their daytime attributes but by their nightly traits too. Read on to get the measure of our nocturnal metrics and find out where…

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Dark arts

It’s all very well claiming to be a city that never sleeps but does that actually result in wide-awake venues and services that those burning the midnight oil can access? We visit London, Sydney and Buenos Aires to find out…

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Fly by night

Monocle mascot Monochan is the ultimate night owl. Join him as he flies around the world to bring us wisdoms garnered from a life in the skies, from developing night-time infrastructure to tips on the best bars. It’ll be…

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Grand plans

Whether hosting the Olympics or overhauling a public-transport system, running a city is a daunting task. So who would take it on? We meet seven mayors willing to bear the weight of a city upon their shoulders.

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Europe briefing

The German city that is a favourite among twilight types and how e-bikes will help to ease traffic in Belgium.

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Asia briefing

Learn a few moves from China’s “dancing grannies” and find out how the volume is being turned down on Hong Kong’s tramcars.

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Oceania briefing

How the Gold Coast is preparing for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Plus: Tasmania’s tourism boom.

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Willing and able

Volunteers can have an incredibly positive impact on their communities, as well as helping to keep their fellow citizens out of harm’s way. We meet the firefighters in Tokyo, coastguards in Stockholm and medical emergency…

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Up all night

In this, our big summer issue, we refute the doomsayers edging us ever closer to some unspoken after-dark curfew and open up a conversation about the distinct benefits to be enjoyed by those neighbourhoods that aren’t…

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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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Grass is greener

Portugal’s capital is not known as a green city but a bold redevelopment is turning former wastelands into spectacular parks with cycle lanes. We speak to the city’s ambitious environment and energy councillor about his…

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The late show

Entrepreneurial audacity has transformed a once desolate plot into a peerless late-night hive. Monocle meets Montréal’s marvels of change and other business night owls pitching up after dark.

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Mix it up

The merging of retail and residential can have a tremendously positive effect on a community. We visit Denmark and Japan to marvel at the diversity of multitasking buildings that owe their success to their synergy.

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Galloping majors

Two men, disillusioned by the fashion industry’s perennial pursuit of cheap production, wanted to create a denim company with an emphasis on craftsmanship and community. Monocle visits the happy outcome: Blackhorse Lane…

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Madrid: beat goes on

Late-night revelry is a way of life for Madrileños and the good times have only improved with a city council committed to carousing. Monocle gets into the groove.

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Artist studios: changing spaces

All cities love the artistic vibe but often destroy it with high rents, so the affordability of artists’ studios is a good judge of cultural quality of life – it’s even a new judging metric for this year’s survey. With that…

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Never faltering

Thanks to its superlative journalism and resolute business model, city magazine ‘Falter’ has remained steadfast in an unsteady publishing landscape. We visit the offices of one of Vienna’s most trusted voices.

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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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