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July/August 2014

Escape, retreat, enjoy: the best places to live in the world. From metropolis to mountain – the planners, thinkers and campaigners building better places to call home. Includes: Monocle’s top 25 cities

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Business briefing

Drilling down into miners' accommodation, the Band-Aid gets brought into the 21st century and clean air becomes big business in China.

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Self help

The effects of globalisation continue to be felt – even in hidden gems such as Onomichi. But five local businessmen have joined forces to protect the city’s future by reviving its industry and stimulating tourism.

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Land lovers

Whether it’s Michelin-starred vegetables from Japan or seaweed-based skincare in the UK, rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty opens up a world of business opportunities with which city life just can’t com…

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Lost in space

Ricardo Bofill’s utopian vision for social living found form in the cubist heights and halls of Walden 7. Monocle discovers a community-minded building that turned science fiction into harmonious fact.

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Final check out

News that Tokyo’s iconic 1960s Hotel Okura is to be reconstructed has been met with outrage from admirers of its unique design. While Tokyo’s changing skyline is what makes it special, demolitions like this threaten its…

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Made to order

The clean, practical buildings left behind by the US military occupation of Okinawa in Japan are today influencing a new style of residence there: the Okinawa Standard.

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The upper trust

Founded on the ideas of people, planet and profit, Ecotrust has supported civic progress and regeneration in Portland and beyond for more than 20 years. Monocle meets the man behind the mission: Spencer Beebe.

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Art smarts

Find some locals to design a modern art gallery, find lots more locals to frequent it and suddenly find yourself with an international success: welcome to Goma.

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Better together

Whether it’s the wide, tree-lined streets of Songshan in Taipei, the quiet squares and bustling coffee shops of London’s Bloomsbury or the sunny Latin American hot spot of Barrio Italia in Santiago, step back from the…

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How to shop

Mercado do Bolhão, Porto’s much-loved open-air food market, celebrates its centenary this year – a feat that is largely down to its charismatic stallholders.

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