What is an “EKISTICS”?

 “What human beings need is not utopia (‘no place’) but entopia (‘in place’) a real city which they can build, a place which satisfies the dreamer and is
acceptable to the scientist, a place where the projections of the artist and
the builder merge.” -Doxiadis-


Constantinos Apostolou Doxiadis, the author of “Ekistics- An Introduction to The Science of Human Settlements” define Ekistics as a study of  human settlement. He spent his time mostly in Greece, where he grew up and study. Even one of his research was related to a town in Greece.

In this book, basicaly stated, that Human settlement consist of:

a. The Content (Man, alone and in societies), and

b. The Container (the physical settlement, which consist of both natural and man-made or artificial elements.

and all those two are subdivided into five elements, which are:

-Nature : providing the foundation upon which the settlement is created and the frame within which it can function.



-Shells: the structures within which Man lives and carries out his different functions. And

-Networks: the natural and man-made systems which facilitate the functioning of the settlement, i.e. roads, water supply, electricity, etc.

It’s also stated in www.wikipedia.org that the notion of Ekistics implies that understanding the interaction between and within human groups — infrastructure, agriculture, shelter, function (job) — in conjunction with their environment directly affects their well-being (individual and collective). Then, Humans begin to understand how they ‘fit’ into a species, i.e. homo sapiens, and how homo sapiens ‘should’ be living in order to manifest our potential — at least as far as this species is concerned.

Basically, it is like urban planning study with a more academic perspective.

For more information on Ekistics, try to see these pages:

www.ekistics.org , www.doxiadis.org





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