The Phoenix

Author: Leo Hollis
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 178022110X
Size: 17.22 MB
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The Phoenix from the Author: Leo Hollis. *Perfect for fans of ITV's epic drama series, THE GREAT FIRE* Opening in the 1640s, as the city was gripped in tumult leading up to the English Civil War, THE PHOENIX charts the lives and works of five extraordinary men, who would grow up in the chaos of a world turned upside down: the architect, Sir Christopher Wren; gardener and virtuosi, John Evelyn; the scientist, Robert Hooke; the radical philosopher, John Locke and the builder, Nicholas Barbon. At the heart of the story is the rebuilding of London's iconic cathedral, St Paul's. Interweaving science, architecture, history and philosophy, THE PHOENIX tells the story of the formation of the first modern city.

London Rising

Author: Leo Hollis
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 0802716326
Size: 26.52 MB
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London Rising from the Author: Leo Hollis. Traces the stories of five pivotal figures in the rebuilding of London in the years after the English Civil War, the 1665 plague, and the Great Fire of 1666, in an account that offers insight into the contributions of philosopher John Locke, chronicler John Evelyn, architect Robert Hooke, developer Nicholas Barbon, and architect Christopher Wren. 30,000 first printing.

Cities Are Good For You

Author: Leo Hollis
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408826631
Size: 38.98 MB
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Cities Are Good For You from the Author: Leo Hollis. 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.