Constantinos Apostolos Doxiadis

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Doxiadis, Constantinos Apostolos


Born May 14, 1913, in Athens. Greek architect and city planner.

Doxiadis graduated from the polytechnical institute in Athens in 1935. He is president of the large architectural and city-planning firm that he founded in Athens in 1951. Doxiadis was an exponent of the theory of forms of human settlements (ekistics). Ekistics affirms that cities ought to grow unimpeded and envisages the creation of future giant cities that will spread in unbroken strips along transportation routes. This theory arbitrarily imposes on all world city planning the specific features and deficiencies of capitalist city planning. Among the projects undertaken by Doxiadis’ firm were the layout of the city of Islamabad in Pakistan, the reconstruction of the city of Lusaka in Zambia, developmental plans for the Mediterranean region of France, and urban renewal plans for Greece and the USA (Detroit).


Architecture in Transition. London, 1963.
Ekistics: An Introduction to the Science of Human Settlements. London, 1968.
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