Doxiadis’ planning theory, named ekistics, was founded upon the intersection of criticism against modern town planning and the study of ancient Greek cities. Ekistics aimed to be a science. Based on this theory, Doxiadis developed his urban practice worldwide. The 1960s saw the beginnings of the Ecumenopolis, an endless human settlement built upon the micro-scale of social place and local time; furthermore, the Ecumenopolis introduced the terms of a global network that only the 21st Century will be able to understand. We will discuss this relationship in Doxiadis’ work, highlighting new dimensions and the perspective of a contemporary urban planning theory.
Panayotis Tournikiotis is Professor of Architectural Theory at the National Technical University of Athens, School of Architecture. He has studied architecture, town planning, geography and philosophy in Athens and Paris. His research focuses on critical History and Theory and the way understanding the past may contribute to the interdisciplinary establishment of design strategies in architecture and town planning. He has published books including Adolf Loos, The Parthenon and its Impact in Modern Times, The Historiography of Modern Architecture, and most recently The Architecture of our time and The Diagonal of Le Corbusier (both in Greek). Since 2010 he has been exploring the reinvention of the city centre in metropolitan Athens and he is a scientific consultant in the implementation of the Re-think Athens.
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