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July/August 2020

Monocle’s July/August issue is a celebration of the city – it spotlights the cities, leaders and luminaries shaping urban life for the better. We’ve doubled down on our reporting and scoured the globe for outposts of opportunity worth uncovering. Plus: we profile 20 urban projects that are adding a sense of purpose to planning: from skinny parks in Seoul to libraries in Nairobi and somewhere to swim in Stockholm.

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The opener

Hopping on a plane and heading to a sun-soaked island? Even if you’re not, it doesn’t mean that we can’t see out the summer in style. Whether it’s Hong Kong’s sandy beaches or Toronto’s neighbourly porches, there are plenty…

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Point of view

Catching a train to Kyoto isn’t just part of Tokyo-based architect Jun Aoki’s weekly ritual – it’s a chance for him to reflect and a constant source of inspiration.

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Soul of the city

Cities have never been so vibrant, vital and on the move. But what is the formula for a perfect neighbourhood? Here we look at some of our favourite urban projects that are transforming their cities – and offer a model for…

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Pride of place

Erratic leadership by national governments emphasises the need for a safe pair of hands at city hall. We meet four mayors winning approval by knowing what makes their cities tick.

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Talk of the town

In the first part of our grand draft to upgrade urban living, we outline the sights, sounds, spaces and street life that should be the starting points for every city neighbourhood.

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Happy campers

Camper vans are, well, having a moment. And unlike the unwieldy motorhomes of the past, people are increasingly turning to their versatility for a short holiday or weekend break. We meet the brands leading the charge and…

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Van of means

The most prosperous camper vans pay attention to both form and function. When creating your own, don’t scrimp on the details – custom beer tap included.

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Best in class

The high street has been shaken. How do you rebuild with resilient community anchors? The answer: have independent shops run by owners with passion and commitment. We profile six.

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New waves

The sun on your back and the slower pace of life is often best accompanied by the strains of summer tunes. But how to find them? Radio can take us to atmospheric destinations and introduce you to unique soundscapes – and…

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On the record

A recording studio requires top technology and full comfort – as we learned when we launched our round-the-clock radio station in 2011. Here’s how to fine-tune yours.

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Summer hit wave

The mercury is rising and so is the standard of music. We take the temperature of the hottest new talent, from a Texan band to a Norwegian singer-songwriter, and whip through the tunes keeping us dancing well after sunset…

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Paint the town

Auckland’s commercial art scene is flourishing thanks to agile business models and an abundance of talent. We meet the gallerists championing their multicultural hometown.

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Close quarters

Can apartment blocks really forge communal bonds and help tenants get closer to nature? As these three developments show, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’.

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Better living

Take it from us: we’ve spent more than a decade lifting the lid on ideal residences. Here is what we’ve learnt about how to build cosy homes that cater to all.

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Design

We take a spin in a classic convertible in our brand-new series on the stories behind the world’s most beautiful works of industrial design. Plus: the latest furniture.

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The Monocle Shop

It’s time to embrace the season. Whether you’re relaxing close to home this summer or exploring distant shores, we’ve put together an exclusive collection of smart clothing and handy accessories to ensure that you’re always…

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Tower grapes

Cork those thoughts of rustic, rolling vineyards – many modern wines are of an urban vintage. We visit four city wineries that have become the toast of the town.

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Tasteful plans

Who would have thought that the humble food market might be the key to urban renewal? It’s an age-old idea that’s just waiting for a timely update. Here’s how...

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