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Getting it all into perspective : a synoptic vision for Hobart after Patrick Geddes


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McMullen, Tony 1994 , 'Getting it all into perspective : a synoptic vision for Hobart after Patrick Geddes', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Contemporary town planning practice is dominated by
incremental development control processes at local level
which are often narrowly focussed and devoid of vision.
The emergence of a global paradigm challenges the
effectiveness of current planning systems. Increasingly,
environmental, social and economic problems are revealed
to be no respecters of national boundaries. There is a need
to develop ways of planning which acknowledge this
increasing interdependence across local, regional and
global scales.
Looking backwards may show the way forward. Patrick
Geddes, 19th Century Scottish 'universal man' and one of
the founding fathers of the town planning movement,
developed a robust 'theory of civics' which, by recognising
the vital importance of maintaining social and
environmental integrity while accommodating
technological change, is increasingly relevant today - some
80 years after its development. Best known as an advocate
of the comprehensive regional survey, Geddes also
developed the concept of 'synoptic vision' - an holistic
approach to planning which involved the synthesis of
regional data to capture the essence of the region within a
comprehensible overarching perspective. Such a vision
serves as a tool for communication and a compass for the
setting of planning priorities and directions.
This project attempts to develop a synoptic vision for a
case study area - the Hobart Metropolitan Region - in the
context of the new global paradigm. Geddes' 'Place-WorkFolk'
model borrowed from nineteenth century French
sociographer, Frederic Le Play, is employed to make the
task more manageable. The project concludes by drawing
upon this synoptic vision to make recommendations about
town planning practice within the Hobart Metropolitan

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:McMullen, Tony
Keywords: Geddes, Patrick, Sir, 1854-1932, City planning, City planning
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Thesis (M.T.P.)--University of Tasmania, 1995. Includes bibliographical references

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