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November 2017

Design special. E-bikes get traction, shared workspace goes corporate, and the baker as urban hero.

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Fairmont – Cocktail Hour

Fairmont’s knowledgeable mixologists are ambassadors for the hotel brand, known for luxurious stays and sumptuous bars.Monocle sat down with Fairmont’s The Savoy tastemaker and cocktail connoisseur Erik Lorincz whose bar…

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Editor's letter

Our editor in chief has a question: why can’t hoteliers preserve that which helped them build their business in the first place, rather than change things for the worse?

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The opener

An age-old old-age option for slowing traffic, Zürich’s booming techno scene, an ode to Lisbon airport and absurdly esoteric business cards: we run down the timeliest tidbits from around the globe.

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Crying the blues

In spite of an ever-changing sonic landscape, this Alabama juke joint remains a spirited social institution and a perfect setting in which to sing the blues.

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Image conscious

Vienna’s city council is doing a Google and mobile-mapping its streets. The mission? Use public space and get rid of old sweet machines.

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Behind the scenes

Ruben Östlund couldn’t create his idiosyncratic – and award-winning – films without his trusted team. From make-up artist to sound engineer, they’re the backbone of the creative process.

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Past lives

The Missoni designer looks to the past for inspiration as she drives her family brand forward.

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She who dares, wins

Digital innovation and streamlined services have made Estonia one of Europe’s most welcoming countries. Here the president discusses her nation’s winning streak – and its difficult neighbour.

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Politics briefing

How do you do foreign affairs when nobody recognises your country? Plus: why the US is in the year of the infallible mayor.

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Diplomacy briefing

A Norwegian aid airlift, the UN’s man in South Sudan and why hurricane season has reinvigorated Puerto Rico’s statehood bid.

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Defence briefing

Colombia’s defence minister on post-Farc security, Turkey’s pilot shortage, a game-changing water vessel and what’s in a name for the Royal Canadian navy’s ships.

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Cities briefing

A tale of two disaster-ready cities, the view on participatory urbanism from Aarhus and LA’s inventive way of dealing with the hot, hot heat.

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Over the rainbow

It’s been more than two decades since South Africa’s first democratic election and, while corruption allegations persist, there is some blue sky peeking through the clouds.

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