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.
Introduction: Interpreting Patrick Geddes, a Contemporaneous Task Part 1: The Planning Historiography of Patrick Geddes 1. The Town Planner as a Miracle Worker, 1854-1932 2. 1940s-1960s: Geddes' role in Reconstruction 3. The Humanist perspective: the return of Geddes, 1970s onwards 4. The Appreciation of Patrick Geddes as a Planner Today 5. Discussion: Geddes' Historiography as a Reflection of the History of Town Planning Part 2: Geddes and Geography 6. Geddes' Urban Conceptual Framework 7. Geography and Education: The Planning Tools 8. Geddes' Planning Theory, Critical Evaluations Part 3: Planning in the Colonies 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. Cloisters Between East and West: Incipient universities in Indore and in Jerusalem Part 4: Postcolonial Scrutiny 15. Patrick Geddes and Colonial Town Planning 16. Geddes at the Intersection of Geography, Posctolonialism and Planning 17. The Colonial Planning Gambit: In the Service of Imperial Societies? Conclusion: The Historiography of Town Planning, a Postcolonial Reading Appendix Notes Bibliography Index