119

December 2018/ January 2019

The holiday special. Inside: Jacinda on being PM, Amanpour on danger, Ai Weiwei on America, France’s queen of pop. Plus, our ninth annual Soft Power Survey.

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Architect Rem Koolhaas: vision and aesthetics

In association with Bayerische Motoren Werke.Remment (Rem) Koolhaas is one of the world’s most respected architects, acclaimed for his creativity. He says that his work is influenced by chaos and drastic choices, yet the…

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See the living legacy of the samurai

It’s easy to see why visitors to Japan are drawn to Tokyo: it’s a modern, neon-lit metropolis with exceptional food, shopping, shrines and gardens. But anyone fascinated by feudal-era relics should head to Kanazawa. A…

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Method in the madness

In association with A. Lange & Söhne. A photographer and an architect make sense of the creative process.

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Editor's letter

Wrangling with deadlines in the run-up to Brexit leaves our editor in chief feeling sympathy for Santa Claus. Luckily before all that, he’s got our Christmas markets to look forward to. He’ll see you there.

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The opener

We decode people’s desire for casual attire, lap up Korean food diplomacy and take a trip down memory lane in Canada. First up: Georgian swearwords, a dip at dusk and introducing children to good design.

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Stomach for the fight

In a city blighted by power cuts, rampant inflation and violent crime, Caracas restaurant Alto’s robust and radical operating tactics are paired with a menu of global renown.

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Off the wall

Would you trust a student with a masterpiece? Oberlin College in the US has been renting out its collection since 1940.

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Host story

Badrutt’s Palace in St Moritz is a Gothic-style landmark that has a ski-set customer base and a reputation for exceptional old-school service. Richard Leuenberger is the man in charge.

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Inner vision

The artist’s studio overlooks a busy scrapyard but inside it’s a pared-down sanctuary.

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Talking point

Provoking the ire of authority, reversing a decade of nationalism, taking the sting out of the news and the evolution of a pop persona. These matters – and more – are discussed by people of influence.

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The other half

For better or worse, first ladies and first men have the opportunity to be the softer face of an administration. Who gets it right?

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Politics briefing

Spain’s minister in charge of smoothing domestic relations, plus a look at the fight brewing among Bosnia’s presidents.

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Cities briefing

Oslo’s governing mayor on how to green a city, a Mexican city gets a rebrand, car-sharing in Slovenia and Berlin’s rooftops are blooming.

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Chefs at work

Looking to clinch a difficult deal? Take a cue from the companies that know the value of taking lunchtime very seriously indeed.

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Waste not

The founder and president of Ecoalf has created a sustainable fashion brand using other people’s rubbish.

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Aiming high

AirBaltic, nosediving not so long ago, is now filling European skies with its lime-green livery – and it has its sights set on becoming an international jetsetter.

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Pulling up trees

Variously a politician, head teacher and soldier, Bernt Johan Collet has still found time to corner the Christmas tree market from forests south of Copenhagen. He tells us how delegation and exhaustive preparation are key…

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