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Biopolis : Patrick Geddes and the city of life

Author: Volker Welter
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Scottish urbanist and biologist Patrick Geddes (1854-1932) is perhaps best known for introducing the concept of the "region" to architecture and planning. At the turn of the twentieth century, he was one of the strongest advocates of town planning and an active participant in debates about the future of the city. He was arguably the first planner to recognize the importance of historic city centers, and his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: Patrick Geddes, Sir; Geddes, Sir Patrick; Patrick Geddes, Sir; Geddes, Sir Patrick; Patrick Geddes; Patrick Geddes, Sir
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Volker Welter
ISBN: 0262232111 9780262232111 0262731649 9780262731645
OCLC Number: 45620780
Awards: Winner of AAUP Book, Jacket and Journal Show Design Awards: Scholarly Illustrated Category 2003.
Description: xxi, 355 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: "Angling for cities!" --
Patrick Geddes's theory of the city --
The city and geography --
The city in history --
History in the city --
The metaphysical imperative in urban design around 1900 --
The city and spirituality --
From the temple of the city to the cultural acropolis.
Responsibility: Volker M. Welter.

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An examination of the work and influence of Scottish urban planner and theorist Patrick Geddes.  Read more...

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"A landmark study that analyzes the complex ideas that lie behind Geddes's work with fresh clarity and insight." R. Longstreth Choice "Welter does a first-class job of 'reading' Geddes and Read more...

 
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