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Design and property special. Inside: bright ideas from Barcelona, a Beirut chanteuse and the US's new liberal capital.
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Our editor in chief on why developers should be seizing the opportunity to build apartments that people can spread out in.
We hear what Toronto is saying but fail to understand London’s buses; we also find Singapore’s robots annoying and marvel at some of Mongolia’s biggest exports in our global news round-up.
With Ukraine’s staging of Eurovision in trouble, a Swedish superstar was asked to step in. How could he ever refuse?
The strategically key Bosphorus Strait has put Istanbul’s nerdy ship-spotters at the axis
of shifting military tides.
Each month we’ll be capturing the signature looks at our favourite trade fairs. This issue the crowd at Art Basel in Hong Kong has something to say.
An elite club for wealthy nations no more: under the guidance of Angel Gurría and his team, the OECD has broadened its membership and kept pace with a perplexing global economy.
Jasper Morrison has designed hundreds of products with a simple mission to make you feel good. In his favourite Berlin spot he explains why you can never have enough chairs.
Despite being blindsided by Donald Trump’s presidency, Democratic California has rallied in defiance. Its next challenge? The business
With China and Russia as neighbours, Mongolia’s future rests on pragmatism and smart planning. We look at the forces driving the growth of central Asia’s oasis of democracy.
As the rest of the world closes its doors, Argentina is opening up. Treasury minister Nicolás Dujovne tells us about leaving his country’s protectionist past behind and stepping into a free future.
Francis Kéré’s dreams of a new parliament in Ouagadougou, the Polish government’s power grab and a new name in Korean politics.
The Japanese diplomats digging up documents to claim territory, what the Vatican and Italy agree to disagree on and Australia’s expansion in Latin America.
Who the Thais are buying from and what that says about the region, a game changer in the helicopter industry and is it time for an EU army?
A Toronto neighbourhood with lessons for other cities, a bike scheme lacking in pedal power and a fruity solution in Lisbon.
With political turmoil unexpectedly yielding stable economic conditions, Italy is a land of nothing if not confusion.
As demand grows, city living spaces are getting more compact. But there are opportunities to be had by embracing micro homes.
The head of design for BMW Group on the best pens to carry and what gets him revved up in the mornings.
Uniqlo’s new home represents the company’s desire to become a more hi-tech operation – and rewire its staff at the same time.
Despite being fired from two jobs, Monica von Schmalensee now heads Scandinavia’s largest architecture practice. She mulls over the merits of being direct in the design world.
Lithuania’s visa just for entrepreneurs, Norway’s dreamiest business – and what would the founder of Hong Kong’s latest sunglasses brand spend €5,000 on?
A retail revolution is taking place in the Thai capital, all inspired by the written word.
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