Cities Are Good for You: The Genius of the Metropolis (Paperback)
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Cities Are Good for You: The Genius of the Metropolis (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 24/04/2014
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The 21st century will be the age of the city. Already over 50% of the world population live in urban centres and over the coming decades this percentage will increase. Blending anecdote, fact and first hand encounters - from exploring the slums of Mumbai, to visiting roof-top farms in Brooklyn and attending secret dinner parties in Paris, to riding the bus in Latin America - Leo Hollis reveals that we have misunderstood how cities work for too long. Upending long-held assumptions and challenging accepted wisdom, he explores: why cities can never be rational, organised places; how we can walk in a crowd without bumping into people, and if we can design places that make people want to kiss; whether we have the right solution to the problem of the slums; how ants, slime mould and traffic jams can make us rethink congestion. And above all, the unexpected reasons why living in the city can make us fitter, richer, smarter, greener, more creative - and, perhaps, even happier. Cities Are Good for You introduces dreamers, planners, revolutionaries, writers, scientists, architects, slum-dwellers and emperors. It is shaped by the idea that cities are the greatest social experiment in human history, built for people, and by the people.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408843482
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 346 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
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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