St James’s Park in London
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What price urban green space?

City parks boost local economies, home values, the environment and public health — so why are they underfunded?

Professor David Nutt and his home in Keynsham, Bristol
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Professor David Nutt on psychedelic therapy

The UK scientist believes magic mushrooms could be used to treat depression and are less harmful than alcohol, a view that cost him his job

Robin Lane Fox

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The restoration of emperor Babur’s 16th-century garden is helping to secure Afghanistan’s heritage
– Robin Lane Fox
Zinc House in Kokubunj
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Japan’s super-small ‘jutaku’ homes

Tighter land plots are inspiring architects to come up with inventive home designs that could have wider influence

The Royal Quarter Café, Buckingham Gate, London
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Developers eye London’s ‘Royal Quarter’

Despite its location, just south of Buckingham Palace, home prices are well behind those of Mayfair and Belgravia

Molyneux’s office at Hôtel Claude Passart. The chequered marble floor extends into the entrance hall
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The Paris home of Juan Pablo Molyneux

With its Grand Siècle-era hallway and lacquered walls, the designer’s 17th-century home is a joyous rejection of minimalism

Verbier, Switzerland
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Verbier, Switzerland, and its second homes

The resort boasts a long ski season and lively nightlife, but how have restrictions on holiday homes affected its market?

The ‘Manhattanisation’ of Boston

A new generation of high-end residential towers is being built in the city centre — but some residents aren’t happy

Sitges, Barcelona, Spain

Five properties near city carnivals

From an apartment overlooking Ipanema Beach in Rio to a penthouse ideal for watching New Orleans’ Mardi Gras parades

Green Lake in Whistler
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Canadian ski resorts target intrepid buyers

Kicking Horse and Whistler offer challenges for high-altitude skiers and opportunities for high-end buyers

Workshop floor, Wilkinson plc
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Chandelier maker casts light on his craft

David Wilkinson and his team use traditional techniques to create and conserve classic illumination pieces