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September 2008

Going Up? Going Down? Monocle reports on the ascenders and free-fallers of autumn 08. Plus, a report on the innovators of the elevator industry.

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My last meal: Jacob Jensen

Jacob Jensen’s products for Bang & Olufsen made design history in the 1960s and 1970s, but his design philosophy is perhaps more relevant today than ever. For an imaginary final lunch he chooses the “incredibly well-desi…

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Art market briefing

The first in a new series looking at the world of buying and selling art. This month: a Q&A with Christie's specialist Carina Villinger and Damien Hirst's forthcoming Sotheby's sale.

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Hammer time

Few architects would know how to build their own designs. that’s where the ghost laboratory comes in: this visionary two-week summer camp in rugged nova scotia gives students and qualified architects the chance to practise…

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Asia briefing

China rediscovers the bicycle as oil prices soar while disaffected Japanese youths flirt with communism.

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Paper back

Colombian newspaper ‘El Espectador’ has survived financial woes, falling sales and a drugs cartel vendetta. Monocle meets its director as part of our series on firms keeping high-quality print publishing alive in an incr…

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Observation

The recipe for creating the perfect community is a complex one, but one thing people everywhere are realising is that the likes of Starbucks are no longer welcome, says our editor in chief Tyler Brûlé.

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You lift me up

As skyscrapers are built ever higher, and architecture becomes more complex, there is a demand for elevator systems that can move thousands of people in minutes. A leading manufacturer, Schindler, is investing in double…

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Fashion briefing

Sisterly New York womenswear label Lialia, some legendary Japanese denim hits europe, plus Makr's vintage-feel wallets.

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Failing states

Europe is home to three nations that should be successes but instead are failing badly. Over the following pages, we look at their problems – from corruption to constitutional meltdown.

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Med school

Palestinians and Israelis are among the first intake at the new Euro-Mediterranean University. Embodying the ideals of Nicolas Sarkozy’s Mediterranean Union, it’s an attempt to create a new generation of cooperative leaders…

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Oh so Pitti

The world’s top menswear show, Pitti Uomo, has not escaped the effects of the consumer spending slow-down or big label defections. But the brands on show this summer were taking new directions and exhibiting strong and…

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Summer of the siege

Two years after the war with Israel, another battle was raging in Lebanon among its own people. But as the bullets flew, there was still time for mojitos – the Lebanese are used to surviving crises. Our correspondent…

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Back to cool

As summer starts to fade (or never arrives), it’s time to sharpen up sartorially with some key pieces from the new season’s collections – ideal for making a subtle statement back in the office or on that last-minute flight…

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Star of India

In our series on emerging business hubs we reveal why you should invest in Pune, India’s booming IT and industrial design centre. But beware: success is already putting strains on the city’s transport system and energy…

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