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ekistics (i-KIS-tiks) noun
The science of human settlements, including city or community planning and design.
[Ultimately from Greek oikistikos, of settlements, from oikistes, colonizer, founder, from oikizein, to settle, from oikos, house.]
"Konstantinos Doxiadis (1913-1975) was present at that meeting. He was
a Greek architect who coined the term `ekistics' and led the movement for
more thoughtful urban planning. According to (Wesley) Posvar, Doxiadis
was preoccupied with the ills of city life. He thought the village
format--where everything from family to food was within walking
distance--was the perfect living unit."
This week's theme: Coined words
When you sell a man a book you don't sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue--you sell him a whole new life. -Christopher Darlington Morley, writer (1890-1957)