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The fresh-feeling February issue of Monocle is home to our Gentle Manifesto for the year ahead: simple fixes and friendly nudges to make this year better than the last. Inside you’ll find an urban experiment in Cartagena, tales from the folk who quit their jobs and followed a different course, and a new museum in Miami. Plus: Amanda Lear’s ‘last meal’, the road to architectural enlightenment in Rouen and some sporty suggestions for 2020.

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Calm after the storm

Tyler Brûlé issues a gentle reminder of the need to reconnect with life’s simple pleasures.

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The opener

How to improve street lighting, shopfronts and city transit, a celebration of rats’ lives and dogs’ dinners and why the solution to our modern malaise is simplicity itself.

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Paddle power

As developers eye New York's Gowanus Canal, Ed Stocker takes to the water in one of the city's grubbiest but most interesting corners.

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Dummy run

As adolescent entrepreneurs embrace Canada’s gig economy, the training of babysitters is undergoing a growth spurt.

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Human scale

Nightingale Housing is building a new model of sustainable living.

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Pride of place

Among the art-laden walls of Zürich’s Kronenhalle, photographer Michel Comte has found lifelong respite from his globetrotting work with the famous and fashionable.

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Back in business

Despite the political challenges tainting its name in the West, Myanmar is making steady economic progress – thanks, partly, to new-found friends.

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Politics

Cyprus gets a boost from natural gas, Iran's election and unlikely animal mascots.

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Diplomacy

The power of personal relationships in peace talks and the relationship between the US and UK.

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Defence

The Chagos Islands, Canada's first female sergeant major and the UAE's arms industry.

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Cities

We speak to Phoenix's young and upcoming mayor and explore the (very) hot topic of pyrogeography.

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Second life

Many people dream of leaving the office behind and pursuing something more fulfilling. But what happens when you actually do it? From an engineer-turned-carpenter to an accountant-cum-beekeeper, we meet six people who…

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Duty calls

More people than ever are flying, which means more shoppers pondering a buy before boarding – but how can retailers rise up and meet soaring customer expecations?

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Gentle manifesto

Fuss and hurry? They’ve been and gone. Start the new decade as you mean to go on. Take stock and choose the scenic route. Our gentle manifesto sketches a picture of taking it a little easier in the years to come.

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Waste warriors

The vast amounts of plastic dumped in Senegal is suffocating the West African nation. But it is finally waking up to the problem as companies drive forward initiatives to help the country clean up its act.

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Shared passion

Art collectors Mera and Don Rubell have found a suitably generous new space to display their remarkable collection.

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Grey pride

Fashion and lifestyle magazines aimed at the over sixties are appearing on newsstands across Japan. And by taking a positive and inclusive approach to a long-neglected demographic, publishers are realising the spending…

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The Ten

It didn’t take long for Frieze to find its Californian groove and the UK art fair is back in Los Angeles this month. Plus: training the lens on the male; farce and fantasy on stage and page; a new Nigerian journal offering…

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Still standing

If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise: a cluster of modernist masterpieces that will transport you to Cape Cod’s creative past.

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Architecture

From a French-influences Montréal studio to a green building in the heart of Taipei, we highlight some of the design industry's best new works.

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Clear vision

In a world of too-bright LED lights, respected Spanish brand Marset casts a warmer glow on the business of lamp design. We meet the enlightened makers at its new HQ.

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