No. 2 (2020): Beyond the pandemic. Rethinking cities and territories for a civilisation of care.

Patrick Geddes, Planning for Health

David Fanfani
Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
Elena Tarsi
Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
Published May 24, 2021
How to Cite
Fanfani, D., & Tarsi, E. (2021). Patrick Geddes, Planning for Health. Contesti. Città, Territori, Progetti, (2), 229 - 234.


CONTESTI dedicates the Readings section of this issue to the chapter Planning for Health of the book edited by Jacqueline Tyrwhitt “Patrick Geddes in India”, published in English by Lund Humphries in 1947. The book is the collection of some extracts from Geddes’ Official Reports on Indian Cities in 1915- 19. The chapter deals with the topic of health as a result of an adequate environment and relates to the experience of the Diwali Procession at Indore in 1918, as a public health strategy. Although from a different historical moment and context, Geddes reminds us how public health is closely linked to cultural habits, as well as to the correct planning of the city. The ecological transition that we need to do as global society is first of all a question of behavioural changes.


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