The City is a Thinking Machine: Patrick Geddes and Cities in Evolution: Volume 1-4

Lorens Holm (Editor), Cameron McEwan (Editor)

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This project evaluates the relevance of Patrick Geddes’ thought for today by curating an exhibition and associated events and publications that place his work along side the work of contemporary practices.

The book is organised into the following volumes:
Volume 1 The Exhibition - documents the exhibition and includes reproductions of 10 explanatory panels from the exhibition, a transcript of the gallery talk at the opening, plus 5 interpretative texts by Lorens Holm.

Volume 2 The Geddes Archives - reproduces the Geddes documents borrowed from the archives of the Universities of Dundee, Edinburgh, and Strathclyde, and includes interpretative caption notes.

Volume 3 The Geddes Institute - reproduces the panels by the 8 affiliates of the Geddes Institute whose projects were included in the exhibition, plus the introductory panels that accompanied each project.

Volume 4 The Talks - documents the program of public lectures that contextualised the exhibition. The contributors were chosen because each – in different ways – has been an activist for change in the social and material environments of the city. Geddes was nothing if not an activist. This volume includes 10 texts with images plus an introductory statement on activism and advocacy.

Funded by The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. Supported by University of Strathclyde Archives and Special Collections, and University of Edinburgh Special Collections, and University of Dundee Archives and Museum Services.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDundee
PublisherUniversity of Dundee
Commissioning bodyCarnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland
Number of pages220
ISBN (Print)9780956294944
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016


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