2017

January

From the editorial team at Monocle, our annual survey of the forces set to shape your year ahead.

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Rain or shine

In association with The Platinum Card® from American Express This windswept city on the Pacific Coast may seem like an outlier to some but Vancouver is a metropolis with personality to boot and a culture that combines…

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Tomorrow's world

From a museum on the move to an Egyptian on a mission, we present the people, organisations and issues set to shape 2017 and beyond.

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The shape of things to come

Yes, they have economic problems and some rocky politics but the old Eastern bloc nations are poised to set the European agenda in 2017. From defence to pinching City of London jobs, the Visegrad Group is shaping up to…

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Ageing gracefully

How to care for an increasingly large ageing population is a question that faces every city. But those that answer it – as the city of Toyama has – by inviting seniors to live and interact in their centres are discovering…

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He's hired

It’s not what we hoped for. We’re not happy about it. But rather than rear up against the nightmare, we need to face our fears. Here’s how to handle the Donald Dilemma.

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Securing the skies

With Donald Trump’s comments about ditching Nato and his ambiguous stance towards Russia stoking fears of being abandoned, the airbase at Ämari has become a crucial site for policing the Baltic states from above.

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Driving forces

As cities become increasingly choked with traffic, new ways of keeping our urban centres moving are being explored and – perhaps surprisingly – the car is still key to the mix. From updates on car-sharing to mini buses, the…

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Shooting stars

All around the world, ambitious entrepreneurs are starting out in business, all with different visions and set-ups but one crucial thing in common: good ideas. From a dog walker in Australia to delivery vans in Singapore…

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Sunny outlook

During the monsoon season Oman’s second city turns into a lush oasis in the heart of the Arabian desert. It is ripe for discovery – and ready to give its Gulf neighbours some competition in the year ahead.

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On the move

Speedy rail links connecting the Baltics, the first nuclear-power reactor in the UAE and a sea port in Pakistan that is open for business: all are headline projects but will they work?

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Strange bedfellows

Despite the rise of Airbnb striking fear into the hearts of hoteliers, small independent hotels can co-exist with the homestay giant – but they have to be smart about it.We highlight a few intelligent examples and look to…

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Forward thinking

There’s lots to talk about in 2017. We kick things off with tales of espionage, Michelin stars, the UN, the conflict in Syria and texture – and a revealing chat with a French bulldog.

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The conversation

We are all guilty of it: texting instead of calling, emailing instead of dropping in for a chat (Sherry Turkle told us so). But there’s a growing movement underway that’s encouraging people to press the off button and brush…

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