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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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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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39828 May 2019
30 min

Book covers: turning the page: 

We find out from our favourite designers what makes a book fly off the shelves and Josh Fehnert and Chiara Rimella ask if it’s okay to judge books by their covers. Plus: EU election logos and how design influences the ballots.

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23 May 2019
6 min

Extra: Warsaw’s graphic past: 

Can you understand a country by looking at its graphic-design industry? Warsaw underwent a dramatic swing from communism in the 1980s to a fascination with capitalism in the 1990s. Today the city’s identity is striking more of a balance and new graphic-design styles are emerging.

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39721 May 2019
30 min

Cities of the future : 

What will our cities look like in 2050? We ask an architect and urban planner to answer just that. Plus: a listed building comes of age in London, and part one of our series on office furniture and the changing world of the workplace.

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16 May 2019
7 min

Extra: Modernist Metroland: 

London’s grade II-listed Arnos Grove underground station is a classic example of modernist influences in the UK capital’s Metroland.

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39614 May 2019
30 min

Drawing conclusions: 

We look at the unusual history of architectural drawings and debate the advantages of putting pencil to paper with architect Sam Jacob. Plus: architect Piero Lissoni on his new showroom for De Padova and a postcard from Toronto.

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9 May 2019
6 min

Extra: Straight to the moon: 

The idea of settling on the moon was once considered science fiction – but could it become a reality? Given the radical difference in atmosphere and vast lack of resources, we find out what materials could be used for building.

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3957 May 2019
30 min

Making a mark in Hong Kong: Henry Steiner: 

We talk graphic design with the Viennese émigré behind some of Hong Kong’s best-known corporate logos. Plus: we’re up early to explore London’s best furniture market.

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