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Patrick Geddes and town planning : a critical view

Author: Noah Hysler-Rubin
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2011.
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Patrick Geddes is considered a forefather of the modern urban planning movement. Patrick Geddes and Town Planning: A Critical View studies the various, and even opposing ways, in which Geddes has been interpreted up to this day, providing a new reading of his life, writing and plans.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Patrick Geddes, Sir; Patrick Geddes, Sir
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Noah Hysler-Rubin
ISBN: 9780415578677 0415578671 9780415578660 0415578663
OCLC Number: 641536184
Description: xiii, 207 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. The Town Planner as a Miracle Worker: Patrick Geddes, 1854-1932 --
2. 1940's-1960's: Geddes' Role in Reconstruction --
3. The Humanist Perspective: The Return of Geddes, 1970's Onwards --
4. The Appreciation of Patrick Geddes as a Planner Today --
5. Discussion: Geddes' Historiography as a Reflection of the History of Town Planning --
6. Geddes' Urban Conceptual Framework --
7. Geography and Education: The Planning Tools --
8. Geddes' Planning Theory: Critical Evaluations --
9. The Cities and Town Planning Exhibition: Success and Failure --
10. Surveys and Surgeries: Narratives of Old and New --
11. The Regional Analysis: Rehabilitating the Mediterranean Basin --
12. The Garden in the City: Civic Revival in Indore and Tel Aviv --
13. Civic Centers and Cultural Institutes: Enhancing Local Traditions --
14. Incipient Universities in Indore and Jerusalem: Cloisters between East and West --
15. Patrick Geddes and Colonial Town Planning --
16. The Colonial Planning Gambit: In the Service of Imperial Societies?
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Patrick Geddes is considered a forefather of the modern urban planning movement. Patrick Geddes and Town Planning: A Critical View studies the various, and even opposing ways, in which Geddes has been interpreted up to this day, providing a new reading of his life, writing and plans.

Relying on Geddes' extensive writings, the book also provides scholars of planning and related subjects, for the first time, a much-needed, long overdue model of his urban theory. Rebutting earlier appreciations of Geddes' sensitive planning, the scheme is presented as a formative and a deterministic paradigm in which City and Society became the subjects of a mutual transformation towards a predefined 'ideal' city and 'civilized' society. Current perspectives in geography and postcolonialism are used to examine the practice of this theory through Geddes' greatly celebrated-yet hardly studies-work in India and in Palestine. Studying Geddes' plans for such different cities as Edinburgh, Calcutta and Tel Aviv, the book suggests a critical reading of Geddes' colonial work, offering a valuable contribution towards the concretization of the theoretical frameworks and to local historians as well.

Geddes' scrutiny is finally presented as a case study for town planning as a whole. Tying together for the first time key concepts in cultural geography and colonial urbanism, the book proposes a more vigorous historiography, exposing hidden narratives and past agendas still dominating the disciplinary discourse. Written by a cultural geographer and a town planner, this book offers a rounded, full-length analysis of Geddes' vision and its material manifestation, functioning also as a much-needed critical tool to evaluate modern town planning as an academic and practical discipline. --Book Jacket.

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