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July / August 2008

Are you resident in the world’s top liveable city? Monocle ranks the 25 most alluring places to live and five more that require a bit of imagination.

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Europe briefing

Finns aren't what they used to be - the rise of the Nordic suburbs; fighting crime in Stockholm and hitting new lows on the Milanese high street.

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Fashion briefing

Berluti gives lessons for lace-ups, a Verbal assault on the jewellery trade, and Portland bags some style.

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Asia briefing

Why Asia's capitals have that sinking feeling, the return of the Seoul hank, and why you shouldn't apply make-up on Tokyo's subway.

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Living large

In Monocle’s dream residential building, we would include the features and proportions of 19th-century Parisian flats and early 20th-century New York apartments, with a few additions of our own. Attention developers: ven…

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Legally briefed

Encounters with Italian law are frequently less than elegant, but one northern notary’s offices present a very civil partnership between clean modernity and solemn tradition.

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Oceania briefing

Sydneys' refit, a change of fortune for New Zealand's "arsehole of the world", and Perth "does a Dubai with its waterfront.

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Curated community

Last year we engineered the perfect neighbourhood and received praise from the World Health Organisation for putting small business at the core of our high street. This year, we’ve come up with a better borough.

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Born to run

Venezuela’s president Hugo Chávez faces a new challenge – a charismatic opposition politician who believes he will soon be mayor of Caracas. But can Leopoldo López bring peace to a city where an estimated 52 people are…

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Fukuoka: retail city

Friendly, cosmopolitan Fukuoka is tiny in comparison to Tokyo, but it beats the Japanese capital hands down with its cuisine and shopping. That’s why itis Monocle’s choice for our best retail city award.

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Thinking cities

Alain de Botton, Richard Florida, Jonathan Raban, Ricky Burdett, Roope Mokka and Richard Alston – six leading writers, thinkers and academics give their view on the state of today’s cities, and their vision of the urban…

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My last meal: Enrique Peñalosa

Enrique Peñalosa transformed Bogotá during his three terms as mayor of the Colombian capital and today is one of the world’s leading urban consultants. For lunch he chooses a local Italian restaurant with a South American…

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Madrid: business city

It may lack the financial might of London or Frankfurt, but we have chosen Madrid as our business city because of its emergence as the Iberian city of opportunity, its status as gateway to Latin America, campaign to att…

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Expo 15: Happy union

Lo-skolen was established in the tradition of Denmark’s folk schools, set up to provide courses for workers without access to university education. The school’s architects Jarl Heger and Karen & Ebbe Clemmensen designed…

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Green light

The upside to rising fuel prices and a depressed property market is more willingness to embrace Kandiyohi Development Partners’ mantra: find a better way. Plus, overleaf, the view from New York

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Building brands

Whether it’s building a whole city or putting up a modest bungalow, the chances are that quite a few of these companies will be there in the background. It’s time you knew your Holcim from your Asahi

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Pleasant posting

A posting in an emerging market needn’t mean a five-year hardship assignment. From Port Louis in Mauritius to China’s Kunming, Monocle selects some surprising cities that have elevated themselves from their neighbours as…

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City editor

Soviet planning and modern speculators have left many Russian cities at crisis point. But senator and property billionaire Sergey Gordeev plans to turn impoverished Perm into a beacon of urban innovation. Is this the start…

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Berlin: cultural city

Berlin’s unemployment rate is dismal and its once-thriving industry is defunct. But the abandoned warehouses and power stations now provide a home for galleries and studios that are leading the European avant-garde. Monocle…

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Bangkok call-in

From putting expectant mothers in touch with midwives to finding you a snake-catcher, Bangkok’s ‘quality of life’ radio station RDCK provides a lifeline in a city where public services are haphazard at best.

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