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Landscape design: Roberto Burle Marx :

We visit the New York Botanical Garden’s horticultural tribute to the Brazilian modernist landscaper. Plus: we meet Tony Fadell at the Starmus science and arts festival and speak to the president of architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox.

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18 Jul 2019
5 min

Extra: Jan Gehl: 

We hear from Danish architect and urban-design pioneer Jan Gehl. He was our guest at the recent Monocle Quality of Life Conference in Madrid and joined editor Andrew Tuck on stage.

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40516 Jul 2019
30 min

Landscape design: Roberto Burle Marx : 

We visit the New York Botanical Garden’s horticultural tribute to the Brazilian modernist landscaper. Plus: we meet Tony Fadell at the Starmus science and arts festival and speak to the president of architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox.

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11 Jul 2019
6 min

Extra: Caravan club: 

If you’re heading off on holiday in Europe, you’re bound to see plenty of caravans on the roads – and if you take a closer look you’ll see that many of them are made by Adria. We visit an exhibition in Slovenia that’s dedicated to Adria’s designer.

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4049 Jul 2019
30 min

Shelter from the Storm: 

How is London tackling homelessness – and what role can architects and designers play? In an extended roundtable discussion, we speak to the team behind the UK capital’s only non-government funded free homeless shelter.

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4 Jul 2019
7 min

Extra: Meeting Sir David Chipperfield: 

We hear from British architect Sir David Chipperfield in conversation with Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé. They spoke at our 2019 Quality of Life Conference in Madrid.

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4032 Jul 2019
30 min

Big Insights: Woods Bagot: 

To kick off our Big Insights series, we speak to the CEO of architecture firm Woods Bagot about his priorities, hopes and preoccupations. Plus: we look at Berlin’s playgrounds and find out how design can provide dignity in old age.

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27 Jun 2019
5 min

Extra: Havana’s Focsa building: 

We head to the top of the Focsa building in Havana, which arguably boasts one of the Cuban capital’s best views. Over the years it’s hosted wealthy landowners, Russian spies, foreign dignitaries and academics. We lift the veil on its mysterious past.

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40225 Jun 2019
30 min

Redesigning the hotel: 

Can technology lead to more humane hospitality? We visit Toronto’s The Annex Hotel to find out why they think it can. Plus: The Woolmark Company’s latest collaboration with Prada, and designer Philippe Malouin on the future of office furniture.

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20 Jun 2019
4 min

Extra: Can manifestos change the world?: 

From Le Corbusier’s ‘5 Points of Architecture’ to Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi’s ‘Learning from Las Vegas’ and the more recent ‘Architecture Must Burn’ by Aaron Betsky, Katie Treggiden asks what it takes to create a lasting manifesto.

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40118 Jun 2019
30 min

Manifestos: architecture of the future: 

Can a manifesto change the world? In truth there are probably quicker ways but that didn’t stop the London Festival of Architecture and the Design Museum commissioning 10 young London-based practices to compose one each. We hear them out.

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13 Jun 2019
5 min

Extra: Design on the Rhine: 

As the mercury rises, we shine a spotlight on the growing urban-river movement and head to Swim City, a new exhibition at Basel’s Swiss Architecture Museum, to see how the residents of Basel unwind by the river.

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40011 Jun 2019
30 min

What’s next for Notre Dame?: 

Tears fell as the spire of Paris’s most famous cathedral crumbled – but should Notre Dame be rebuilt as it was? Josh Fehnert asks professor Alan Dunlop whether it’s best to reuse or redo. Plus: our verdict on the TWA hotel in New York and a word with Maruni art director Naoto Fukasawa.

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6 Jun 2019
4 min

Extra: In with the old: 

From the redevelopment of King’s Cross to breathing new life into old industrial buildings in Hackney Wick, London is a city that’s hitting its stride when it comes to reviving its old buildings. Here’s what Monocle’s Design editor Nolan Giles had to say about the matter.

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3994 Jun 2019
30 min

Restoring Cuba: 

Havana celebrates its 500th birthday this year and some of its buildings are beginning to show their age. Restoration and reuse are proving challenging – but also rewarding, as Lucinda Elliott reports. Plus a word with the CEO of Rapt Studio and a Victorian renovation project in London.

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30 May 2019
7 min

Extra: Pick a pocket: 

A new book released this week called ‘The Pocket: A Hidden History of Women’s Lives 1660 – 1900’, traces the history of pockets and what they reveal about women’s role in society.

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