2018

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Bring it on! How to fly through the year ahead. From the editorial team at Monocle, our annual survey of the forces set to shape your year ahead.

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Direct current

In this, the first of an eight-part series between Audi and Monocle, we embark on a journey to discover the future of mobility in our cities. We start with a focus on electric cars and how urban environments need to adapt…

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Q&A – Emiko Davies

Canberra-born cookbook author Emiko Davies tells us of her love for Tuscan food: we catch up during her stay at the historic estate of Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco.

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The city that shines

Home to visionary entrepreneurs and world-class architecture and infrastructure, this ambitious Australian city has earned a global reputation for business, tourism and education while boasting a laidback culture and the…

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Watch this space

Refurbish, repurpose and revive are the watchwords for 2018. From a former cinema to Balkan bunkers and cat-sized couches, we’ve picked out the projects that are putting innovative thinking to the fore.

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Talking points

From US midterms to political trouble-makers, we look at the events, nations and people poised to influence and define 2018.

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The state of independence

As the issue of Catalan sovereignty remains a point of crisis in Spain, we chart the timeline of that chaotic referendum and what it might mean for other regions seeking to go it alone.

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Ghosts of the past

Belgium has opened an impressive new embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But this soft-power flourish will struggle to repair relations with the old colonial master – especially when the DRC is set on a worrying…

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All the fun of the fair

Olma, Switzerland’s annual agriculture and nutrition tradeshow, has been going strong for 75 years. It’s how all nations should connect with their agrarian roots – and bet on a pig race or two.

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Cold calling

We seldom stop to think about how our food gets from its source to our plates but, when we do, we realise the mammoth effort involved. Luckily technology is revolutionising the industry and temperature-controlled cargo is…

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Berth control

Fiona Wilson reporting from Setouchi: Most cruise-ship owners have gone for boats as large as city blocks. But in Japan a big player is using architects to make the cruise a truly bespoke experience with only a tiny number…

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The show must go on

Amie Ferris-Rotman reporting from Moscow: The Russian capital’s suburban cinemas crumbled with the USSR – but now two brothers are reviving the buildings and reinventing them as community hubs.

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Venture forth

Matt Alagiah reporting on start-ups: So your dream of setting up in business has long foundered on the lack of an actual idea? Allow us to propose 15 enterprising concepts that fill gaping gaps in the market. Now quit your…

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Muddy waters

With eight million tonnes of plastic – not to mention other debris – ending up in the water every year, estimates suggest that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean by weight than fish. This grisly notion has…

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Sleeping giants

Sophie Grove reporting on revivals: Many successful companies have been scuppered by circumstance over the years but in some cases there’s an argument for resurrection. Why not bring back these fine examples?

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Taking the pulse

From probing the state of globalisation to exploring the political landscape in Mexico – via tips about how not to lose your mind during this particularly intense news cycle – our writers weigh up the issues of the year…

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In safe hands

Digital archives are no replacement for the real thing – it’s only in a private visit to a secret hoard that history, humanity and passion are let loose to inspire, inform and entertain again.

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Quick off the blocks

Liam Aldous reporting from Madrid: Fast-paced drama, twists and even some geopolitical intrigue – no, not the latest Netflix series but the 24-hour Olympic Channel. And with the forthcoming PyeongChang Games, the broadca…

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French connection

Robert Bound reporting from Abu Dhabi: Now that the celebratory bunting has been taken down and the much-hyped Louvre Abu Dhabi is finally open for business, what does the future hold? Is it an oasis of culture in a desert…

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Teaching the world to sing

Meet the musical maestros making waves: an Italian superstar in the making, an ethereal R&B singer in Los Angeles and a springy dance-pop diva via the UK and Japan.

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Made with care

Venetia Rainey reporting from the Netherlands: Got a civic project that not only needs to look smart but also have people’s best interests at heart? You need a Dutch architect.

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Gaudí regalvanised

Liam Aldous reporting from Barcelona: The architecture of Antoni Gaudí has branded this city but until now this masterpiece has been off-limits. As it finally reveals its secrets, it’s caught up in a Catalan identity crisis…

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A little respect

Kenji Hall reporting from Takamatsu: Japan’s penchant for knocking down old buildings is taking a back seat in one prefecture, where the modernist architecture could, with the right exposure, help boost tourism.

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