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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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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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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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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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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String theory

The geometric playscapes of Corocord start off with hard labour and harder maths but come to life with a final, magic design element: imagination.

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Leaders to follow

Meet the five mayors and city governors, from Nairobi to Seoul, whose vision, strategies and commitment should inspire us all to demand better leaders (or stand for elections).

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Expo 65 – Part 01: Palermo

Much of its complex history is dark and overshadowed by the Mafia but Palermo’s citizens have fought back and reclaimed their seductive city as a centre for art and gastronomy.

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The light thing

The lamps that light up our streets, shopping malls and car parks are often boring and unimaginative. But one firm has turned it into a mission to create something more original. Monocle heads to the hills.

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Expo 65 – Part 02: Colombo

It’s not even five years since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war but in that time its capital has undergone an incredible transformation. There’s still plenty to do but the burgeoning arts scene and the restless optimism of…

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