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Play it cool

We visit the cities making space for people (of all ages) to get out and about and have some fun.

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Sea change

Israel’s third city is defined by its port but its urbanist mayor is helping to build a smarter future.

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Rework it

Renovation can be a delicate balancing act between modern comforts and maintaining historical charm. We visit three European cities where carefully considered restorations are bringing buildings back to their former glory…

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Into the woods

One of Tokyo’s leafiest neighbourhoods is the setting for a charming house that’s been carefully renovated and kitted out by the furniture maker and designer who owns it.

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Well built

Our pick of superlative designs that are functional, beautiful and made to last.

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Repeat after me

An inspiring school with high ideals created a space in which its pupils could foster their own creativity. No wonder so many of its alumni have become designers.

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Off the grid

A fearless Mexican city is drawing comparisons to the world’s most exciting design hubs. We meet its key figures.

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True colours

A residents-funded revamp of a magnificent modernist tower block has given it the kiss of life – and attracted an array of creatives.

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Making amends

Rather than erase all evidence of Georgia’s Soviet past, the country’s architectural community is keen to preserve its history and give the once-foreboding buildings another – happier – lease of life.

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On balance

Bridges connect us. We meet the architects and engineers using them to brand cities, draw tourists and, of course, bring people together.

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Building a legacy

Rahm Emanuel is coming to the end of his second and final term as Chicago mayor. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing but his dedication to social-development projects and urban infrastructure is something to be celebrated…

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Complex life

How Whitlam Place in Melbourne eschews the cookie-cutter design of most new apartment complexes springing up in the fast-growing city.

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Bright future

All but destroyed in the Second World War, the town of Royan took inspiration from Brazil when it rebuilt, swapping drab postwar design for colourful modernism.

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To the rafters

Gracing the interior of a number of contrasting sporting arenas, Neue Holzbau’s intricately engineered timber designs have put the Swiss company in a league of their own.

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