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

At Home with Michael Pawlyn
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Nature inspires architect Michael Pawlyn

Designer, who takes a biological approach to architecture, on how he mimicked insect wings to create the Eden Project’s spheres

Hans Becker in the bedroom of his Rotterdam apartment
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Hans Becker, maverick of retirement living

The Dutch founder of Humanitas wants older people to enjoy life whether that means heavy drinking or owning too many cats

Luca Cordero di Montezemolo
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Ex-Ferrari head Luca Cordero di Montezemolo

The Italian industrialist revs up to revive the airline Alitalia and bring the Olympics to Rome

Former England captain David Gower
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Former England cricket captain David Gower

Batsman-turned-TV-presenter on what can be done to save Test cricket and why the governing body needs to ‘grow a muscle’

Lorenzo Bini Smaghi
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Italian economist Lorenzo Bini Smaghi

Chairman of Société Générale says his country’s cultural heritage is so omnipresent, those who have to maintain it do not feel free

Former UK culture secretary Chris Smith

Ex-culture secretary reflects on politics and poetry, and offers some advice to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn if he wants to be PM

Acclaimed French chef Hélène Darroze

She runs Michelin-starred kitchens in London and Paris — and is a single mother to two young daughters

Amy Goldman
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Philanthropist Amy Goldman’s pumpkin patch

The author has spent 25 years growing heirloom vegetables in her New York home, from an array of squash to terrifyingly hot chilli peppers

An Eden in Paris: botanist Patrick Blanc

The creator of vertical gardens shares his home in the suburbs with lizards, frogs, birds — and 268 plant species

Scientist Dame Anne Glover

The ex-chief scientific adviser to Europe on working with bureaucracy and sexism in science

US craft beer maker Sam Calagione

The founder of Dogfish Head Brewery explains his enthusiasm for using unusual ingredients and unconventional names

Architect Chris Wilkinson bares his soul

The architect revamping London’s Battersea Power Station explains why he decided to exhibit his sketchbooks dating back decades

Caroline Scheufele of jeweller Chopard

The watchmaker’s co-president and artistic director on the Swiss-based company’s use of ethically sourced gold

French diplomat ruffles feathers in the US

Gérard Araud, ambassador to the US and outspoken tweeter, on how Washington is mostly PR

Huf Haus chief on life without walls

The director of the German prefab homebuilder is an evangelist for open-plan, green living

Daryush Shayegan, Iranian intellectual

The academic and polymath talks about his school in England, exile in Paris and the cultural cross-pollination of east and west

Swedish foreign minister, Margot Wallstrom

The outspoken politician on feminist foreign policy and why the EU must do more to help asylum seekers

Politician and cricket legend Imran Khan

Former Pakistan captain says when he first visited the hilltop in Islamabad that would become his home it was ‘love at first sight’

Smart-home pioneer Tony Fadell

The ‘Godfather of the iPod’ lives in a house near San Francisco that is deceivingly gadget-free