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Geographers and the urban century

Peter Hall

in A Century of British Geography

Published by British Academy

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262863
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734076 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197262863.003.0017

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Geographers and the urban century

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Geographers only began to make a serious contribution to urban debates in Britain in the 1920s and 1930s. Their contributions fed actively into policy-making during and immediately after World War II, when geographers began to be recruited in substantial numbers into the new planning machinery at both central and local government levels, following the passage of the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act. But there was one notable if somewhat eccentric exception, who must form a preamble to the main story. He was Patrick Geddes, a trained botanist who made his mark at the very start of the twentieth century. Another person who made an outstanding geographical contribution to planning was Lionel Dudley Stamp, who single-handedly launched the Land Utilisation Survey of Great Britain. This chapter also discusses the direct impact of academic geography upon planning in the country.

Keywords: Britain; geographers; academic geography; planning; Patrick Geddes; Lionel Dudley Stamp; Land Utilisation Survey

Chapter.  7640 words. 

Subjects: Population and Demography

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