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Buy and Download Description This selection belongs to the field of "ekistics," a term derived from the Greek word "oikos," meaning settlement or home. Ekistics is the scientific, comprehensive, and interdisciplinary study of human settlements in all their variations, with the goal of improving such settlements in the future.
A leading figure in ekistics was Mead's Greek friend Constantinos A. Doxiadis (1913-1975), an architect and urban designer of great energy and creativity. Mead, deeply aware of the rapid urbanization of the world's population, was enthusiastic about ekistics and did considerable work with Doxiadis. This item consists of remarks she made at a conference organized by her friend, in which she points out that some of his designs for urban settlements were based on assumptions that were in fact culture-bound — rather than, as Doxiadis evidently assumed, universal or natural.
Mead's remarks, though not tightly organized, convey considerable insight into how people really live their lives — insight of the very type that many urban planners need, if the human settlements they design are to serve real, rather than imagined, human needs. This selection belongs to the field of "ekistics," a term derived from the Greek word "oikos," meaning settlement or home. Ekistics is the scientific, comprehensive, and interdisciplinary study of human settlements in all their variations, with th
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