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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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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Health of the city

Swimming on Bondi Beach, playing tennis in the jardins of Paris, running down the beach in Rio. Monocle picks five cities to call home if you want to stay healthy and trim.

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Special delivery

Monocle offers you an insight into the most efficient and well turned-out logistics companies. If you’ve ever wondered how cash is transported to banks around South Africa or how delicate contemporary art is packed up in…

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Business Briefing

A new Saturday market of small-scale farmers in Puerto Rico adds to the country's organic agricultural movement, a new pie shop in Lisbon taps into the growing trend for inexpensive fare over a traditional sit-down affair…

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Expo 55: Turin

Although no longer the industrial powerhouse it once was, Turin has developed into a significant social centre in the afterglow of the 2006 Winter Olympics, adding a discreet modern confidence to its momentous and varied…

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That's just how I roll

Vélo Québec is the guiding force behind Montréal’s much imitated bike culture, a model that is being exported around the world. The woman in the saddle explains how she forged a lean, green urban lifestyle.

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Expo 55: Tbilisi

Chaotically beautiful, brimming with optimism and inhabited by friendly, fun-loving people, the capital of Georgia is a lesson in transformation.

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Little shop of wonders

In a world of bland city centres, a shop full of interesting and unusual magazines and music that’s staffed by experts is a joyful discovery. And what’s more, they make your neighbourhood special.

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Expo 55: Naha

Despite an unsettled history and political identity, due to its location at the point where Japan faces China under the watchful eyes of the US military, Naha seems healthy, happy and relaxed, and a long way from Japan’s…

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Living for the city

Great cities adapt and change like their residents. The process of finding a favourite has been a global undertaking that confirmed and renewed our love of exciting urban centres. The following make up Monocle’s top 25.

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Telly Cities

No matter how much money and effort is put into marketing your city, if you want tourists to visit and everyone to know its name, nothing compares to having a popular TV series being filmed in your city. Monocle looks at…

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Expo 55: Valparaiso

After spending the late 20th century becalmed in quiet isolation, Chile’s second city is opening up to the rest of the world. But will World Heritage status, tourism and redevelopment corrupt the port’s cheerful bohemian…

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