Patrick Geddes and Town Planning: A Critical View

1st Edition

Noah Hysler-Rubin

Routledge
Published January 12, 2011
Textbook - 212 Pages
ISBN 9780415578677 - CAT# Y108117

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Summary

Patrick Geddes is considered a forefather of the modern urban planning movement. This book 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.

Geddes' scrutiny is 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.  The book also includes a long overdue model of his urban theory. 

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