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Vienna to host annual Monocle Quality of Life Conference in April 2016

Monocle magazine will hold its annual Quality of Life Conference in Vienna from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 April 2016.
The summit will bring together key voices from the worlds of architecture, business, design, urbanism and culture to discuss how to improve our nations, cities and workplaces. Monocle will also be launching two new books at the conference: ‘How to Make a Nation: A Monocle Guide’ and the Vienna edition of The Monocle Travel Guide series.

Welcoming 200 delegates and 20 speakers from around the world, the event will be hosted at the historic Palais Ferstel by Monocle’s editor in chief Tyler Brûlé and the magazine’s editors and correspondents.

It will also be broadcast live on Monocle 24 radio station and featured in a series on films on

Tyler Brûlé, editor in chief of Monocle, says: “We chose Vienna for the conference because the Austrian capital is consistently the leader when it comes to quality of life and overall liveability. Beyond that, we feel that Vienna has a number of unique initiatives that will both inform and inspire our delegates.”

He adds, “the conference will continue to bolster the dialogue that we not only established at our first conference in Lisbon last year but that we have also been filling our pages with since we launched in 2007: the themes of creating a better public realm, encouraging apprenticeships and building our cities, offices and homes right the first time.”

On Saturday panels will look at the future of communication, creating healthy architecture, fixing hospitality from brand to city level and offering a fresh perspective on nation building.

Monocle is also organising an open day for ateliers and independent shop owners to meet the delegates and demonstrate Vienna’s approach to keeping craft and manufacturing in the city’s core.

Guest speakers include:
Yoko Alender, Dr Ecmel Ayral, Tara Bernerd, Juergen Boos, Ilse Crawford, Bill Granger, Martin Guttman, Michael Hill, Lilli Hollein, Mirik Milan, Petter Neby, Jacques Panis, Robin Petravic, Till Reiter, Gianni Riotta, RT Rybak, David Sax, David Sim, Gregor Wenter and Diana Balmori.

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