Leo Hollis was born in London in 1972. He read History at university 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, and the Guardian. His latest book CITIES ARE GOOD FOR YOU: THE GENIUS OF THE METROPOLIS was published in 2013 and was described by Michael Sorkin as a 'wide-ranging and acute observation of the interactions of the social and the formal that maps an optimistic and incisive vision of an emergent - and indispensable - urbanism predicated on sustainability, equity, imagination and trust.' He lives in London. His blog can be found at www.citiesaregoodforyou.com.