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Item Code: IDF984
Author: Arunendu Banerjee
Publisher: The Asiatic Society
Language: English
Edition: 2005
Pages: 104 {5 Illustration in B/W}
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.5"
weight of the book: 278 gms
From the Jacket

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.


Foreword vii
Introduction ix
The Glimpses 1
Envio-Theme Pavilion 20
1956 Kolkata 30
Patrick Geddes: Environmentalist 37
Meeting of two Great Visionaries 47
Geddes's Work in India 56
Admirable, The Parrot is being avenged 66
Bengal Delta and Regional Planning 74
Intellectual Union 83
Indian College: Plan Des Quatre Seigneurs, Montpellier 89
1961: Annual of Achitecture, Structure and Town Planning 95
References 103

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