Leo Hollis is the author of the international best seller CITIES ARE GOOD FOR YOU: The Genius of the Metropolis. In his talk he looked at some of the current ideas that are transforming our cities around the world. Upending long-held assumptions and challenging accepted wisdom, he explores: why cities can never be rational, organised places; if we can design places that make people want to behave better; whether we have the right solution to the problem of the slums; the impact of inequality on our quality of urban life. And above all, the unexpected reasons why living in the city can make us fitter, richer, smarter, greener, more creative - and, perhaps, even happier.
Leo Hollis was born in London in 1972. He went to school at Stonyhurst College and read History at UEA. He works in publishing and is the author of two books on the history of London: The Phoenix: The Men Who Made Modern London and The Stones of London: A History Through Twelve Buildings. He writes regularly for the New Statesman, the TLSand the Daily Telegraph. His blog can be found at www.citiesaregoodforyou.com and tweets at @leohollis.