2019

January

How to be happy. A special report on the places, companies, personalities and currents to keep you perky and restore your faith in humanity.

The Forecast 2019
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Shifting sands

From the changing face of advertising to the fast-paced transformations of Tokyo, Beijing and Madrid, we lift the curtain on the issues, questions and events that have been shaping the world and will continue to resonate…

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Happiness lab

According to the UN, Finns live in the world’s happiest nation – which is news to many of them. Look a little deeper though and it’s clear that decades of government-led tweaks to Finnish life have conjured up a surprising…

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Happy space

City dwellers pine for attractive and usable spaces; city planners are beginning to take note. We visit the places where poetic verses are daubed on streets, statues of dogs add a dose of whimsy and ‘playable pavements’…

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Double vision

As the US breaks with the status quo by moving its embassy from Tel Aviv – and a spate of nations declare that they’re willing to follow suit – we assess Jerusalem’s potential as a diplomatic city.

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We need to talk

We are living through a new golden age of debate and salons. Talks and conversations are the new religion. We asked our senior correspondent to spend one week at the heart of her city’s debates.

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Moving the pieces

At Expo Real, a three-day real-estate extravaganza in Germany, investors, developers and urbanists come together to thrash out the deals that will shape our cities in the years to come. Grab a beer and join us for a peek…

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Worthy investment

Making a profit and a positive contribution to society needn’t be mutually exclusive. We meet five firebrand investors who’ve helped to fund businesses that make a difference, be it funding envelope-pushing art, balancing…

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Venture capitals

When it comes to launching a business, a warm breeze, blue skies and the mild buzz of a resurgent local economy can do wonders for taking the stress out of starting up. We take the measure of three cities with room to bloom…

Global

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Serious business

Is a slavish addiction to your smartphone bringing you down? Perhaps your career is less than fulfilling? If so, app developers and ‘happiness consultants’ think they can help. But are they really enough to keep you smiling…

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High flyer

Emirates president Sir Tim Clark has piloted the airline from humble beginnings to become the world’s fourth-largest carrier. While critics claim he’s had unfair subsidies, he insists he’s won by being optimistic – and…

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The happiness formula

We often ask people if they’re ‘ok’. But since when was being ok good enough? The cheery thread that runs through this issue isn’t about scraping by: it’s about celebrating the elements of life that surpass the ordinary.…

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Life in miniature

The bigger the better, right? Wrong, according to the artists, directors and publishers finding ways to reach more engaged audiences with postage-stamp-sized paintings, television shows for smartphones and small print runs…

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Electric dreams

Japanese digital art collective TeamLab is seizing the aesthetic possibilities of technology to remaster what it means to both create and experience artworks. We took a stroll among the flowers in their brave new world.

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Better together

Could a co-operative housing estate in Switzerland be the model for a new way of living that can help city dwellers escape sky-high rents and a lack of interaction? We head to Mehr als Wohnen to find out.

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Inner peace

The foreboding exteriors of the Fredensborg Houses have been compared with a prison. But peek inside and Jørn Utzon’s revolutionary housing project is every bit as captivating as his masterpiece: the Sydney Opera House.

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Material thinking

Fashion’s ever-shifting landscape evolves at breakneck pace. Looking set to push the envelope this year are a Dutch textile virtuoso, a Milanese team with a famous past and a New York label whose bold take on the made-to…

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Step it up

First impressions are key. So whether you’re travelling, meeting friends or gearing up for that all-important business meeting, here are the clothes that will suit every possible eventuality in 2019 – and keep a smile on…

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Off the beaten track

Seaweed farming in Patagonia, cave-dwelling in Italy and preserving ancient buildings in Japan: these hoteliers are reviving once-forgotten corners of their native lands with tasteful tourism for travellers seeking authe…

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Taste of success

Ever thought of jacking in the day job to start a fulfilling food-focused business? You’re not alone. We seek counsel from the lawyers, marketeers and managers turned tea vendors, grocers and restaurateurs who are finding…

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No sleep ’til sunrise

Tumbledown infrastructure and high living costs make Lebanon a tough place to live but few cities are as adept at casting worries aside and celebrating life at the end of the week. Dancing shoes at the ready.

2018

January

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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