55

July / August 2012

Issue 55 presents the Quality of Life Survey. We bring you 25 places to call home, 11 urban visionaries, 50 things to improve your life, five cities you'll be hearing more about and one perfect street – as imagined by Monocle.

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Mapping progress

As the world changes, so do our top 25 cities. A tour of the globe’s urban hotspots and cultural corners helps fill in the picture.

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Europe Briefing

High-speed rail lines are in the pipeline for both the UK and Turkey, while a breath of fresh air is promised in the planned landscaped gardens of the redeveloped Le Forum des Halles, Paris.

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In focus

The story of better urban living and sensible design unfolds in its details, from the colours and textures to the lampposts and logos. Monocle’s editors and correspondents pooled their photo libraries and bring you some of…

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Observation

As the wall fills up with pages for the new issue and plans are made for the impending Country Fayre and the next Monocle Café, Midori House goes holiday happy at the approach of summer. Or it will if we can stop arguing…

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Americas Briefing

New York's first bicycle sharing scheme is set to launch into action, a new escalator is improving the lives of Medellin's, Colombia, residents, and Peru invests in its solar energy sector.

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Path to happiness

An ode to those tucked-away streets of the world that seem to have their own poetry and swagger. Our design editor writes about the thoroughfares that have the capacity to touch the heart and soul.

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Life in the round

Standing out against a backdrop of drab, square tower blocks on the north bank of the Chicago River, the white “corncobs” of Bertrand Goldberg’s distinctive Marina City buildings are still inspiring, both inside and out.

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Follow this leader

Michael Bloomberg is currently serving his third term as mayor of New York. He’s not only admired by his constituents, he’s also famous the world over for the way he cleaned up the Big Apple. He tells Monocle how his ideas…

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Monocle Strasse

The best streets evolve over time with an odd assortment of places and people. That’s why our perfect street contains a mixture of old and new from our favourite city haunts around the world.

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Asia briefing

Work on a new motorway to drastically improve the Phillipines' infrastructure gets underway, tree planting takes off in China to combat desertification and Kabul to educate the population on conservation, while India's…

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Fashion briefing

Anne Valerie Hash's feminine take on the classic suit, taking into account the experience she gained working at Chanel and Chloé previously, Central St Martins graduate J.JS Lee's boyish cuts, and summer in shoe in the form…

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By the lake

We take in some sunshine, swimming and laid-back living in the picture-perfect Swiss city of Lugano. We also keep our eyes out for a handsome villa in the hills.

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Oceania Briefing

The rebranding benefits of geographical name changes are weighed up in South Australia, plans to harvest storm water for consumption are questioned in the New South Wales city of Orange, and Tokelau announces plans to…

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Happy vending

We do a little late-night shopping in Tokyo, where no matter what the time is, there’s always somewhere for a quick, post-night-on-the-tiles pick-me-up.

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Revving up Germany

He believes in playing classical music as a way to prevent road rage and he understands that better transport solutions mean a higher quality of life. Meet Peter Ramsauer, Germany’s minister of transportation, construction…

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Thriller looks

Prepare for long hot days on the lounger with a good page turner and our selection of sunglasses and summerwear.

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Cities, slicker

Cities evolve constantly, sometimes seemingly without anyone planning or guiding the process. But new ideas about how they work and can be improved abound, for those interested in taking them on.

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Called to the bar

Liveable cities are those that know the value of a quality nightlife. And that does not mean something that closes at 23.00. We tracked down the most welcoming establishments for a good drink at 01.00 in the morning.

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On the edge

The word “suburban” isn’t usually a compliment, but not all suburbs are created equal. Wannsee, at the edge of Berlin, enjoys high quality of life and surprising diversity, due to both idyllic geography and centuries of…

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Design for life

Since the dawn of time man has used all sorts of objects and implements to make life easier. But it’s only recently that artisans have embellished these everyday utensils with a heavy dose of design without sacrificing…

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The power of five

Not everyone’s favourite place can be included in Monocle’s top 25 destinations. But we’ve made a little room for five cities close to our editors’ hearts. From tech hubs to design capitals, you’ll be hearing more from…

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