From Mumbai to Shanghai, Hollis is the perfect guide to the art, science and even maths of what makes cities so great Marcus du Sautoy Extremely timely ... There are, though, some fascinating and thoroughly researched passages. Hollis's eludication on the garden city movement is a beautifully crafted study of the purpose-built, self-sufficient towns that sprung up in the 20th century as a riposte to unchecked urban sprawl Financial Times In Cities Are Good for You Leo Hollis aims to set the record straight on the places where more than half the world's population now lives. He does so with gusto ... An intriguing book The Times Leo Hollis has written an eloquent, nuanced, and learned account of the ways in which cities can serve as conduits for happiness. His wide-ranging and acute observations of the interaction of the social and the formal map an optimistic and incisive vision of an emergent - and indispensable - urbanism predicated on sustainability, equity, imagination and trust Michael Sorkin There's a persuasive energy to this optimistic celebration Metro Combing a wealth of info on cities the world over with anecdote and experience, Hollis's fascinating book touts the theory that our path to salvation is the city itself - ultimately justifying our unwavering desire to skip the mud for the metropolitan Fabric Magazine A useful counterpoint to those who would argue that the big bad city is to be escaped at all costs Observer Leo Hollis's book makes a persuasive case for thinking more about how we plan cities The Times Offers a surprisingly positive perspective on urban living Traveller Beautifully written and absorbing book ... This is an inspiring, richly illustrated, and thoroughly enjoyable read Good Book Guide
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About the Author
Leo Hollis is a writer and historian. Born in London, he studied history of the University of East Anglia. He now works as an editor at Verso and is the critically acclaimed author of London Rising: The Men Who Made Modern London (published in the UK as The Phoenix: St Paul's Cathedral and the Men Who Made Modern London) and The Stones of London: A History in Twelve Buildings. He lives in West Hampstead, UK.