BIOPOLIS PATRICK GEDDES AND THE CITY OF LIFE PDF

An examination of the work and influence of Scottish urban planner and theorist Patrick Geddes. The Scottish urbanist and biologist Patrick Geddes is perhaps best known for introducing the concept of "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 renewal work in Edinburgh's Old Town is visible and impressive to this day. Geddes's famous analytical triad—place, work, and folk, corresponding to the geographical, historical, and spiritual aspects of the city—provides the basic structure of this examination of his urban theory. Volker Welter examines Geddes's ideas in the light of nineteenth-century biology—in which Geddes received his academic training—showing Geddes's use of biological concepts to be far more sophisticated than popular images of the city as an organic entity.

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An examination of the work and influence of Scottish urban planner and theorist Patrick Geddes. The Scottish urbanist and biologist Patrick Geddes is perhaps best known for introducing the concept of "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 renewal work in Edinburgh's Old Town is visible and impressive to this day. His urbanism was informed by his lifelong interest in the theory of evolution and in ecology, cutting-edge areas in the late nineteenth century.

Balancing Geddes's biological thought is his interest in the historical Greek concept of polis, usually translated as city-state but implying a view of the city as a cultural and spiritual phenomenon. Although Geddes's work was far-ranging, the city provided the unifying focus of nearly all of his theoretical and practical work. Throughout the book, Welter relates Geddes's theory of the city to contemporary European debates about architecture and urbanism.

Volker M. Going further than all recent discussions of the history of the city in the first machine age, Welter considers the Geddesian thinking machines' as fundamental with regard to the emergence of the modern city.

Biopolis, with its profound analyses, has set a keystone for a new way of looking at the starting point of modern town planning in Britain and Europe before World War I.

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Synopsis About this title An examination of the work and influence of Scottish urban planner and theorist Patrick Geddes. About the Author : Volker M. Welter is Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, University of California at Santa Barbara Review : Going further than all recent discussions of the history of the city in the first machine age, Welter considers the Geddesian thinking machines' as fundamental with regard to the emergence of the modern city.

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Biopolis: Patrick Geddes and the City of Life

Biopolis : Patrick Geddes and the City of Life. Volker Welter , Patrick Geddes. The Scottish urbanist and biologist Patrick Geddes is perhaps best known for introducing the concept of "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 renewal work in Edinburgh's Old Town is visible and impressive to this day. Geddes's famous analytical triad—place, work, and folk, corresponding to the geographical, historical, and spiritual aspects of the city—provides the basic structure of this examination of his urban theory.

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