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July / August 2007

The best places to call home: New York? London? Paris? Munich? Monocle ranks the cities that offer the best quality of life.

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Lunch plans

As mayor of Curitiba in Brazil, Jaime Lerner turned heads with his forward-thinking schemes. He took the kids off the streets by paying them to clean them up and had fishermen angling for rubbish so they could work off…

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50 things to improve your life

In search of a new architect to do something with that plot of land in northern Vermont? Keen on a new tonic to give you a little tingle when you stride to work? Want to find a place to peel off the layers for an early…

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Waxing lyrical

João Moreira Salles is the publisher of *Piauí*, a new monthly magazine in Brazil. With his brother and business partner Walter, he is half of the well-regarded Salles brothers film-making team. *Monocle* visited João in…

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01 - Munich

After much tyre-kicking, data-sifting and deliberation, Munich emerged as Monocle’s most liveable city in the world. A winning combination of investment in infrastructure, high-quality housing, low crime, liberal politics…

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Power plant

Yes, they can look pretty, but Diana Balmori’s landscaping projects can also change cities, make people happier and healthier and battle climate change. A pioneer of the green roofs movement, she helped build New York’s…

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Good hood

Everyone loves an urban village but few cities know quite how to get the mix of retail, services and residents right. London recently decided to grass over Trafalgar Square temporarily to celebrate its urban villages while…

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Basque in the glory

Thanks to its world-famous museum, Bilbao has become a cultural mecca in just 10 years. But has the Guggenheim improved the lives of the locals or just entertained art-loving tourists? We make an in-depth audit.

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Space plane

He’s one of the world’s greatest product designers, but Marc Newson’s career is really taking off with the news just announced that he is designing a space plane for Eads Astrium. Planned to be ready for 2011, it will raise…

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Could do better

They may not have come top in Monocle’s chart but the cities ranked 11 to 20 are still all great places to live. They didn’t make the first 10 because some lacked a real metropolitan buzz, while others failed to deliver on…

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Observation Issue 05

Not everyone is welcome on the beach in Italy this summer. The Russians are discovering that the locals, while partial to their cash, find them too gauche for words. A new Cold-Shoulder War has broken out.

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Arts cool

With the stunning architecture of its Frank Gehry-designed performing arts centre and a star-studded roster of visiting talent, Bard College in Upstate New York is less like an academic institution, more like this summer’s…

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