Want more stories like these in your inbox?
Sign up to Monocle's email newsletters to stay on top of news and opinion, plus the latest from the magazine, radio, film and shop.
You want a city that’s well run, delivers on life’s essentials and is fun too? This is our ranking of the top 25 in the world.
Moscow has been undergoing a massive programme of urban renewal but this scheme to make the city more liveable isn’t without its costs.
Be it Brazil or Beirut, effective urban regeneration needs ideas from residents who understand their city’s problems and potential. Here’s a global line-up of innovative citizen initiatives.
Zürich is considering artificial islands to house its growing population and there’s a global push to unearth forgotten rivers.
A tale of two disaster-ready cities, the view on participatory urbanism from Aarhus and LA’s inventive way of dealing with the hot, hot heat.
The mayor of St Tropez is on a mission to reshape it, what smaller Chinese cities can offer young residents and taking a river dip in Portland, Oregon.
Escape the city for a long weekend and discover the anti-Saint Tropez, a Thai-Skandi bolthole and a Canadian island with Japanese blossom. Only problem: leaving.
Our rundown of handy holiday purchases to keep your suitcase secure, beach bag brimming and media diet current. Bon voyage.
We like things orderly, safe and to run to time but this doesn’t have to mean sanitised, tightly cropped and lacking edge.
Who’s up? Who’s down? Who’s in? Who’s out? Our 11th annual Quality of Life Survey identifies the cities with all the answers when it comes to liveability.
City leaders with a desire to improve quality of life shouldn’t just draw up plans at their desks: they need to see how things work in other towns and cities. The answers are out there. To get you started, we’ve devised…
It takes just one passionate patron or one clear-sighted business owner to start turning round a city’s fortunes. From encouraging back rare birds to battling poverty, here’s our crack squad of urban fixers.