Rabindranath Tagore at Santiniketan, India and
Patrick Geddes at Scotland, France, had pioneered important link between
quality of environment, quality of education and better ecological approach to
living design, as an envoi-bridge of East and West. School with essential nature
study, rural studies, at-site training on public health welfare and humane
habitation work were harmonized with active local level participation towards
environmental development and better living conditions with knowledge of
ecological cultural appreciation which were the main stays of their innovative
living environment design-culture.
Rabindranath and Geddes were converging
into envio-idea-action synthesis, at the significant time of interwar years,
immediately after their meeting at Kolkata. Their built environmental and
ecologic-cultural visions had played for vital inspirations to site specific
socio-environmental thesis work, Bengal Study and Au Pays De Tagore by Arthur
Geddes during 1925-1928.
This book will unfold the yet untold story of
ecological initiatives by Rabindranath Tagore and Patrick Geddes- The
Ecological Cultural Visionaries with rare text and reference.
About the Author
Arunendu Banerjee (b.
1953)Practising Consulting Engineer, Artist-Designer specialized in
Ecologic Architecture Built Environment and Design Engineering. Writes on
Environment, Architecture, Arts and Culture and also on Rabindranath Tagore
and Patrick Geddes. Associated consultant Viasva Bharati, Indian Statistical
Institute, Eastern Zonal Cultural Centres, Asiatic Society, Dept. of
environment-Govt. of West Bengal, Oil India, Indian Oil and many other reputed
institutes and industries in the country.
Number of books and articles have
been published at National and international levels on Environment, Architecture,
Culture and Tagore Studies in Bengali, English and French. His painting and
Design-displays have India and abroad.
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