65

July/August 2013

Our 25 cities for living, working, late nights and fresh starts. From Vienna to Sydney, Vancouver to Kyoto our correspondents survey the streets and crunch the numbers for our Special Global City Ranking.

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The sweet spot

With each Japanese household spending thousands of yen a year on cakes and sweets, confectionery is big business in Japan and nothing in the sweet-tooth calendar is bigger than the National Expo.

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Observation

Urban planning is a fashionable subject these days but while it's good to talk about it, let's not miss the point, says Tyler Brûlé.

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Amazing spaces

A publishing nerve-centre in Madrid, a marketing consultant in Copenhagen and an art fair organiser in London. One thing they all have in common is the beautiful and inspiring spaces they work from.

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On the move

It’s not quite the return of the Ottoman Empire but Istanbul is set to be home to a new finance district and accompanying transport upgrades, including the world’s largest airport. Will this be a journey that results in a…

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Way to go

The signs that enhance our cities come in a chaotic mix of shapes and sizes. But the craft of creating clean and inspiring text across formats as diverse as glass windows to paper lanterns falls to those with clear heads…

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Local talent

In Bandung, the capital of West Java, a growing hub of creative businesses are choosing to stay put and build an arts and crafts industry. Suddenly, ‘Made in Indonesia’ has become a phrase with a reputation behind it.

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Estate of the art

A progressive 1960s concrete estate in the middle of precious woodland might send alarm bells ringing in many design circles. But Siedlung Halen just outside Bern is a quiet, friendly triumph where nurture sits alongside…

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Play grounds

The role of parks and other green urban spaces as quality-of-life improvers cannot be underestimated. Monocle takes a leafy stroll.

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The dream team

Let’s play fantasy city hall. If you were mayor, which urban innovators would you want in your far-sighted crew to make sure it’s the best place to live, visit and keep coming back to? Meet Monocle’s top team.

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Expo 65 – Part 05: San José

When you land in Costa Rica your taxi driver will know the way to San José, it’s just that he won’t be entirely sure why you want to go. This is a capital city at odds with its peaceful surroundings – but arguably all the…

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House music

This issue we’ve cleared the culture pages for summer to report on media companies who are doing things on their own terms, usually against the grain, and making a success of it.

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Working overtime

Keeping a city going isn’t simply about the trains running on time and the books being up to date. Spare a thought for city hall workers tackling earthquakes, a flood of human waste or a town overrun by feral monkeys.

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The hot spots

It’s been a great year for some and a tougher year for others. Here’s a tour of our top 25 cities and why we love them.

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Top of the world

The elusive alchemy that makes a good city a great place to live is something we’ve been dedicated to understanding since Monocle began. With a sharper eye than ever, we present our top 25.

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The message

It takes all sorts to make the media world go round and we’ve traversed the world in search of the best in the business. Publishers in Zürich, a radio station in Auckland and an art and design studio in Paris are just some…

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