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May 2014

In for the long haul: designs that go the distance. Sharp residences, a handsome classic, a neighbourhood on the rise and the buyers who get the goods — a Monocle design special

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News with views

State-funded English language news channel RT has found itself at the centre of international attention recently, with its reports on the crisis in Crimea accused of being less than impartial. Monocle goes behind the scenes…

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On the right path

Introducing the Atlanta BeltLine, a €2bn regeneration project breathing life into the city with its network of ped-estrian and cycle paths and public parks. Monocle heads to the newly connected city, now abuzz with social…

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Striking gold

At a small workshop in London’s Hatton Garden jewellery district, master goldsmith Gareth Harris oversees the production of fine metalwork while passing on time-honoured skills to his apprentice, Stavros Constantinou.

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A healthy shelf life

The managing director and saviour of furniture manufacturer Vitsoe on how he brought the eminent brand back from the brink, the importance of character and why money men are best avoided.

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It's all in the timing

Baselworld, Switzerland’s annual watch fair, threw up some interesting questions this year. How badly has China’s economy affected the industry? Are oversized watches still in? And when will the ‘smartwatch’ break into the…

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Campus visionary

When Ron Thom was commissioned to design a university in Peterborough 50 years ago, his unique artistic approach set him apart from his Canadian peers – and hasn’t been topped since. Monocle takes a tour around campus.

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Power players

Michael Dobbs and Adam Price have each created ingenious hit political dramas. They sit down to discuss their forthcoming collaboration and the artistic opportunities of a new broadcasting landscape.

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Asia briefing

The Timor-Leste prime minister's motorcade, the benefits of Shanghainese and the fate of bluefin tuna in the waters off Japan.

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Happy Valley

In just 30 years, Bhutan has gone from underdeveloped status to having the highest per capita GDP in South Asia. But does the march towards modernisation threaten its Gross National Happiness?

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Travel briefing

Two vibrant boutique hotels in Bogotá and Mumbai, an intimate high-rise in Gothenburg with stunning views and ornate historical lodgings in Hoogstraten and Rome: Monocle uncovers the most striking and offbeat places to stay…

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Comfort food

Twins Joshua and Caleb Ng felt Hong Kong was lacking laid-back LA-style cafés so they set up Common Ground, a café/shop which serves dishes that may be simple but are prepared to perfection.

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Debate of the 51st state

Should they stay or should they go? Puerto Ricans dither about becoming fully part of the US or seeking independence. Meanwhile the economy wobbles. But finally there seems to be a way forward.

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Voice of the people

Singaporean director Royston Tan has challenged his country’s conventional narrative – which prizes prosperity and stability – by telling the stories of those living on the margins of society. But even the government has…

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Expo 73: Club scene

They’re a safe haven for journalists away from whatever turmoil is going on in the region. Sadly, they’ve also gone out of fashion in most corners of the world. We visit three foreign correspondents’ clubs that still hold…

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Observation

Tyler Brûlé knows that Monocle readers around the world have a lot of questions – and so has come up with some suitable answers.

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Sunny outlook

Each spring the great and the good of the property industry decamp to Cannes to rub shoulders with the architects, urbanists and developers shaping the face of our cities. Monocle heads to the French Riviera to report from…

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