52

April 2012

From Europe's High North Monocle reports on a fresh model for people power – a survey of relaunched capitals and new parliaments.

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Model behaviour

Construction work continues in Burma’s new model capital, inaugurated in 2005. Its sparkling buildings are designed to consolidate the generals’ power – but with small steps towards democracy, could Aung San Suu Kyi one day…

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Time to reboot

New Zealand’s capital is driving to establish itself as a major hub for innovation. It’s small enough to create an intimate working environment – and big enough for the plan to work.

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In the family way

Richard Neutra had a major impact on modernist architecture in southern California and his Reunion House in Silver Lake, occupied by his elder son and his family, remains one of the best, most authentic examples of his work…

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The postman

Good things come in packages of all shapes and sizes, particularly when they’re delivered by a Takkyubin man in Tokyo’s Aoyama and Omotesando districts. Monocle opens the door to spring’s freshest ensembles.

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Supreme court

Monocle takes a lesson in volleys and countershots at a clubhouse in Pall Mall, London. In our kit bag is some smart sportswear and a slick change of clothes for after the big match.

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Power trips

This issue Monocle has visited seats of power around the globe – from the African Union’s HQ to Burma’s fledgling capital via Liechtenstein’s new parliament building. Each has a very different vision.

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Winning team

A former sporting arena has been reborn in the centre of Toronto as the flagship store of Canadian supermarket Loblaws. The city’s traditional home of ice hockey now houses fresh produce. Monocle went to see if the crowds…

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Inventory No. 52

This month’s selection of desirable things include cashmere bowties, bicycle bags, some velvety wine, handmade soaps and smart kitchenware.

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Special relations

Nothing represents the shifting sands of global politics better than the African Union’s gleaming new HQ in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A gift from the Chinese, it’s proof of the Asian giant’s growing clout. But the Germans are…

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Two's company

Husband-and-wife team Martine and Prosper Assouline have built their luxury publishing house by doing what feels natural. Since starting in their Paris apartment nearly 20 years ago, Assouline is now a US-based market…

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Sweet harmony

With its artfully mismatched interiors, Manhattan’s NoMad hotel is combining character with comfort. Be it in the products they sell or the type of aroma wafting from the kitchens, a sense of discovery is key.

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Perfect parliament

This issue’s theme is all about how to engineer the perfect parliament. Monocle has surveyed the globe and come up with a master plan for a well-run chamber full of lively debate.

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Business Briefing

The company championing local organic produce in the UAE, Honda's new business jets, plus more news from the business world.

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Monocle travel guide

Monocle island-hops to the Maldives, visits a Stockholm restaurant with no menu and finds the best coffees from New Zealand to San Francisco.

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Europe Briefing

The motorcade of the Greek prime minister plus reports on growing marijuana in Spain and spuds in Ireland.

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Ahead of the game

The sports writer has a tough job. Crafting a story that’s more than mere results reporting takes toil – especially when sports players are often famously ineloquent. And then there are the deadlines.

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Captains on the seas

With over 200 inhabited islands in a chain of around 1,200, Maldivian Air Taxi provides an essential service to tourists and islanders alike. The Maldives’ premier island-hopping service relies on seaplanes and the only…

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