70

February 2014

Chart your course: where to head for work, play and adventures. The villages, cities and nations that need to be on your travel schedule for 2014 and beyond, all revealed in our worldwide forecast.

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Taking care

A shortage of childcare in Japan has contributed to the low number of working mothers, a problem particularly apparent in Yokohama. Monocle speaks to the woman who has made it her mission to change this – mayor Fumiko…

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Double vision

The arrival of the new Museo Jumex in Mexico City sees it sitting side-by-side with an earlier philanthropic art pile, the Museo Soumaya. Is the city big enough for both

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All fired up

Stoke-on-Trent’s identity as the home of the ceramics industry was thought to be a thing of the past. But when we headed to the Staffordshire city we found a vibrant and positive scene and it’s clear the skills haven’t gone…

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Aiming high

Mauricio Macri shunned his family business to pursue a life in politics. Now mayor of Buenos Aires and a presidential candidate, he reacts to corruption accusations and tells us why running a football club has been his…

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The art of simplicity

When luxury cosmetics brand Three decided to open a shop, spa and restaurant in central Aoyama, it needed a space that would echo its understated image yet stand out from the crowd. We meet the team behind the evolving…

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Ahead of the curve

Food, tourism, wine and coffee: they’ve all been on the menu before. To be successful, the trick is to approach them differently or just do them better – both methods are firmly in evidence in our inspiring round-up of…

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Born to draw

Illustrator Mohammad Nor Khalid, better known as Lat, finished his first comic book at the age of 13. Since then the cartoonist has captured the hearts and minds of children across Malaysia – not to mention an adult or two…

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Expo 70: Going for gold

Once Queensland’s answer to Las Vegas, the gold coast’s 1950s architecture fell victim to drastic redevelopment. Now there are efforts to revive its fortunes.

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Way ahead

Starting a new business is about ideas, inspiration and location. We visit a Lisbon neighbourhood pushing small enterprise, the corner of Istanbul that’s ripe for retail, a Mexican tech hub, craft specialists and a clutch…

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Observation

Tyler Brûlé hopes 2014 heralds a return to the days of connected air travel run by people who respond to their customers’ needs

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Boosting Houston

Economy-wise, Houston is bigger than Austria and South Africa, thanks largely to its oil and gas industry. But alongside the energy behemoths, small entrepreneurial businesses are finding a welcoming niche

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Special brews

Canada’s largest city has recaptured its taste for craft brewing and in the process kindled the spirit of urban regeneration. Monocle finds the independent brewers revitalising this industry and barrelling ahead to take on…

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Where are you going?

It’s time to go. Walk out the door. There’s a big, inspiring world out there and by getting on a plane or train you might just find the perfect spot for your next venture.

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