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04.05.2016
C.A.Doxiadis and Planning in the Network Era
Panayotis Tournikiotis
CONSTANTINOS DOXIADIS is one of the preeminent figures of 20th century city and regional planning. He designed more than forty new cities around the world based on his vision of the emerging global city, ecumenopolis. His planning theory, ekistics, founded upon the intersection of criticism against modern town planning and the study of ancient Greek cities, aimed to propose a radically new approach to urban and regional planning.

PANAYOTIS TOURNIKIOTIS is the 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 focus on critical history and theory, and the way understanding the past may contribute to the interdisciplinary setting of design strategies in architecture and town planning. He has authored and edited many books including Adolf Loos, The Parthenon and its Impact in Modern TimesThe Historiography of Modern ArchitectureArchitecture in Modern Times, and The Diagonal of Le Corbusier. He has been active as a curator in architectural events and he contributes on the board of many institutions. His recent work explores the legacy of Le Corbusier in Greece and the reinvention of the city centre in metropolitan Athens.

‘What human beings need is not utopia but entopia’, C. A. Doxiadis

*Entopia: place that is practicable—that can exist, from the Greek word en and topos, ‘in’ and ‘place’. Term coined by Doxiadis, and discussed in his book Between Dystopia and Utopia, 1966.
About the Event:
The event is part of the FS 2016 design research studio
EUROPEAN COUNTRYSIDE — ARCADIA

5 pm
ONA Focushalle
Neunbrunnenstrasse 50
8093 Zürich

Photograph: Islamabad 1960 © Constantinos and Emma Doxiadis Foundation