Monocle #171, March 2024


Monocle’s latest issue openMonocle’s latest issue opens the door to the world of property – just in time for Mipim, the industry’s biggest event. We profile the builders and architects out to fix neighbourhoods, revive downtowns and make everyone feel at home. Plus: Poland’s flourishing furniture makers, why parks might be bad for you and how the US is preparing for disaster.

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issue 171
March 2024
Property Special
CONTRIBUTORSA selection of this magazine’s creators
ED’S LETTERAndrew Tuck on the pull of property.
THE OPENERDriving London’s DLR, wolves in the firing line and a chat with Hoor al Qasimi, director of the Sharjah Art Foundation.
LITTLE WONDERThe miniatures artist whose small-scale works have attracted a big following.
RUNNING A RESTAURANT IN VENICEHow the Floating City’s hospitality workers toil against the current to keep its regulars fed.
KIM BORAThe director of House of Hummingbird on South Korean film and feminism.
THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN TRUSTMeet the team keeping the Hollywood sign spick and span.
COMMUNITY BUILDERSWe meet the man trying to bridge the political divide in small-town America.
AFFAIRSLooking ahead to a year of elections, Nato’s cold-weather wargames and a seaside squabble.
IS GREEN SPACE BAD?The disquieting history of urban parks built to make us factory-ready.
BUSINESSPortugal’s clean textile industry, smelling good in Indonesia and Japan’s meat substitutes.
CULTUREHow Denmark’s film school gives its alumni a starring role in Hollywood. Plus: Lauren Oyler.
DESIGNAmsterdam’s bothersome bikes, cabins in Norway and what Ray and Charles Eames collected.
LITHUANIA’S CONSCRIPTSThe Baltic nation borders Russia and Belarus. We join its soldiers in training to find out how it defends Nato’s eastern flank.
COMPAGNIES RÉPUBLICAINES DE SÉCURITÉ 8A new elite police unit formed to counter France’s rowdy protests prepares for the Paris Olympics.
FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCYMonocle visits Alabama to observe a highly realistic – and disturbing – exercise in preparedness.
ART IN SÃO PAULOPaulistanos are emerging from the Bolsonaro years with renewed optimism. We meet the artists, curators and collectors leading the way.
ANGOULÊME INTERNATIONAL COMIC BOOK FESTIVALFrance’s comic-book industry is booming so much that this annual convention draws 200,000 fans.
CULTURE CUTSWhat to watch, see, hear, read and visit, including Gabriel Garcia Márquez’s final novel.
SEOUL SUR SEINEWe visit a traditional Korean house on the outskirts of the French capital built by an expat couple who are champions of their country’s art.
FLAT & BOUNDLooking for authentic modernist posters? This Zürich-based firm should be in the frame.
WHERE NEXT FOR LUXURY RETAIL?Big-name e-commerce firms are struggling to regain their momentum. We ask industry leaders what lies ahead.
INCH BY INCHThe Arnhem-based fashion brand proving that small-city manufacturing is a smart choice
FASHIONStyle news and brands to watch.
MENSWEARFresh looks for spring.
REALDANIADenmark’s philanthropic foundations are a huge factor in its high quality of life. We find out how one puts its money where its mouth is.
RULES FOR DEVELOPMENTWhat makes a mixed-use development work for all? We offer 10 tips.
PLAZA GOMILAColourful construction is reviving the former beating heart of Palma de Mallorca.
BENCHMARKSOur pick of new projects highlights what the industry is capable of.
ESSAYSFive insiders offer their views.
HOME BODIESMeet the people behind the projects, from a Thai shopping mall to Brooklyn flats.
INDUSTRY VOICESWe ask 10 major property players to tell where opportunity awaits.
HAIL TO THE CHEFSWe attend a summit of a club for the personal chefs of the world’s heads of state.
FOOD, TRAVEL & TECHBrilliant bread in Zürich, night buses and the latest must-have gadgets.
NAKIJIN TSUWABUKIA secluded bolthole in Okinawa offers an irresistible escape – if only for a night.
POLISH FURNITUREAn abundance of forests and an enviable entrepreneurial zeal is turning Poland into a firm perch for timber-furniture manufacturers. We find out what is attracting brands from Ikea to Fritz Hansen.

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