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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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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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The world's top 25 most liveable cities

Months of good-natured, frequently late-night and occasionally jetlagged debate have resulted in this: our definitive (and a little subjective) guide to the world’s most liveable cities. Here’s how we came to our conclus…

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Design principal

The leafy Rhode Island School of Design, a global leader in arts education, is buzzing about its new president: the freewheeling, commercially aware digital theorist and world-reknowned graphic designer John Maeda – a man…

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Winning losers

Whether it’s due to poor infrastructure, inherent inefficiency or the occasional war, these five cities have not made the Top 25 list – but that doesn’t mean they’re not great places to live.

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Summer hit wave

Monocle’s summer catalogue of culture aims to arm even the most outdoorsy with enough books and records, cinematic suggestions and art events to make you pray for rain. Almost.

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Paris: global city

From international diplomacy to setting benchmarks in urbanism, from investing in culture to protecting a rich mix of independent businesses, Paris has become a hothouse for fresh thinking. That’s why we have made it our…

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Copenhagen: design city

There are many reasons why Copenhagen trumped the other cities in our quality of life survey. One of them is its undeniably seamless urban planning, paving the way for the mobility, and ultimately, the happiness of its…

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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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