2015

January

From the editors and bureaux of Monocle magazine, The Forecast: a view beyond the horizon

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You heard it here first

Tape cassettes have gone the way of gramophones, vinyl is a revered relic and CDs are being made into coasters. That leaves streaming – and the audiophiles at Tidal intent on achieving sonic perfection.

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Desert bloom

Located geographically and aesthetically far from famed Emirati excess, the €12bn Masdar City project is trying to plot out a new urban vision. But taking root in the desert has proved difficult: so far just 300 people live…

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The new brigade

Across a broad spectrum of industries we bring you an insight into the gamechangers that we expect to see pushing the envelope over the coming months and years.

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The man who turned into a photocopier

Taking an alternative angle to office life is Singaporean Joshua Ip, whose surreal slice of fiction is the work of a writer at the top of his game. Overworked office drone Hong Seng mysteriously transforms into a photo…

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City break

On the edge of the Yangmingshan national park, the peaceful suburb of Beitou offers a reinvigorated model for living beyond the bustle of urban centres.

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Places to be

With the new year in mind we’ve spun the globe and dispatched our correspondents to profile three new ’hoods we would be happy to call home for years to come. There’s an industrial area in Barcelona that’s proving fertile…

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Fare game

Who will be the new food nation? Peru and South Korea are out in front but what happened to Brazil? It’s the nation we love everything about except its food – but here’s how it can change that.

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Hidden charm

Delve a bit deeper into Kyoto’s urban fabric and it is possible to find a historic architectural gem that can be repurposed and revitalised for the 21st century.

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Man of letters

Erik Spiekermann’s P98a studio has become a leading light in printing methods and typographical history. Here he casts his eye over the industry’s future in the face of changing tastes and technology.

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Design scout

Tired of the lobby in your regional HQ in Bangkok? Looking for a clever solution to house all those extra students on your campus? Could the kitchen in your Madrid apartment do with an update? And how’s your plumbing? Our…

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Made to measure

From a Taiwanese architect reinventing Asian retail design to a family-run wooden furniture maker in rural Germany, we select five design firms to watch (and employ) in 2015.

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Screen idol

Hollywood take note: this sleepy South Australian outpost has been quietly building a critically lauded film industry from the ground up.

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