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The City «after» Patrick Geddes

Volker M. Welter and James M. Lawson

The City after Patrick Geddes is the first-ever publication to trace the influences of the Scottish biologist, sociologist and city designer, Sir Patrick Geddes (1854-1932), on the modernist debate about the City. The book consists of essays collated together in five sections. In the first, 'Patrick Geddes and the City', Geddes is located in his intellectual environment; Scottish and European. Successive sections are derived from Geddes's theory of the City. Part two – 'City and Region Surveyed and Displayed' – discusses Geddes's idea of a survey and the contemporary fascination with international city planning exhibitions and civic museums. The American visions of Lewis Mumford and his fellow regional planners and theoreticians are the focus of part three, 'Planning the Regional City'. The contributions in part four – 'Reconstruction of City and Region' – concentrate upon representatives of subsequent phases of international urbanism and planning, who developed and redefined Geddesian proposals in their own work. The final part – 'Critical Futures' – offers a critical reassessment of this legacy in the light of current international debate on the City and its future.
Contents: Volker M. Welter/James Lawson: Introduction – Iain Body Whyte: The Spirit of the City – Helen Meller: Understanding the European City Around 1900: The Contribution of Patrick Geddes – Murdo Macdonald: Patrick Geddes and Scottish Generalism – Sofia G. Leonard: The Context and Legacy of Patrick Geddes in Europe – David Matless: Forms of Knowledge and Forms of Belonging: Regional Survey and Geographical Citizenship – Christiane Crasemann Collins: City Planning Exhibitions and Civic Museums: Werner Hegemann and Others – Robert Wojtowicz: Lewis Mumford: Builder of the Regional City – Edward K. Spann: The Regional Planning Association of America: British-American Planning Culture at Work, 1923-1938 – Catherine Bruant: Donat Alfred Agache: Architect and Sociologist – Mary O. Ashton: ‘Tomorrow Town’: Patrick Geddes, Walter Gropius, and Le Corbusier – Volker M. Welter: Artur Glikson, Thinking-Machines, and the Planning of Israel – Rosa Tamborrino: Saverio Muratori: City and Region in Post-War Italy – Miles Glendinning: Patrick Geddes and Robert Matthew: The Missing Link of Neotechnic Modernity – Erik Wirén: Planning for an Uncertain Future.