Leo Hollis: Our messy, social, human city 08.10.14

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* Note: 9:58 into the talk, when Hollis says "this", he is holding up a mobile phone

In the second of our podcasts recorded at the top of the Shard, the author of Cities Are Good for You examines the social and physical forces that have shaped the London we live in today

Last month, The View from the Shard and Icon kicked off a series of events called London As I See It, designed to provoke debate about the issues facing the capital today and what the future might hold.

We are featuring the talks that took place at the first of these events as podcasts. This week, we bring you the second of these – by Leo Hollis, author of Cities Are Good for You. From the invention of the lift to mobile phones and the Internet of Things, Hollis discussed the social and physical forces that have shaped the London we live in today, asking the question, what is the city for?

The event took place on 17 September on the 69th floor of Renzo Piano's skyscraper in London Bridge and was chaired by former RIBA president Angela Brady. 

Last week, we featured the talk by Shard engineer Roma Agrawal. Unfortunately, we were unable to bring you a podcast of the talk by Liza Fior of Muf Architecture.

The next event in the series will take place on 10 December. Tickets will be available closer to the time from The View From the Shard's website and Icon will be giving away a limited number.





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