Speaker: Partho Datta, Historian-cum-Author School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University

How does Geddes' application of anthropological knowledge and his use of cultural traditions enable the practice of city planning? How is it relevant to the success of his proposals for urban improvements in early 20th-century India?

The 48th Edition of Architecture and Society focuses on the contribution of Patrick Geddes (1854-1932)–a Scottish biologist and town planner who worked in India between 1914 and 1924. In this talk, the speaker elaborates on how Geddes' empathy for Indian urban traditions, careful documentation of informal spaces and crusade against sanitarians still speaks to urban planners today.

Partho Datta teaches at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is the author of 'Planning The City: Urbanization and Reform in Calcutta' and has recently co-edited 'Urban Spaces in India' with Narayani Gupta.

Chair: MN Ashish Ganju 
Collab: Greha