Doxiadis #04 – Ecumenopolis

Ecumenopolis circa 2100
  • By the first half of the twenty-first century, the megalopolitan population may constitute almost half of the earth’s population. It is not too early, if we would plan for the future. To begin to study what these emerging new settlements will be like
  • To understand the real conditions that will shape the cities of the future, and to conceive the cities properly, we have to start by studying their dimensions, first in terms of their content, that is, their population, and then their physical extent.
  • Our cities no longer have static populations. They grow 4% a year on the average; some of them grow by as much as 6 or 7%, and some even more than that. At the same time they expand and form greater groups of settlements, changing from the size and form of a city to that of a metropolis and then to a megalopolis.
  • The cities of the past have become interconnected into the metropolises of the present…they are gradually being amalgamated into much larger complexes, called megalopolises, containing tens of millions of people.
  • The city of the future will form a world-wide network.

Citations from : 1/ C.A. Doxiadis, “The Emerging Great Lakes Megalopolis”, Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 56, No. 4 (April 1968), 2-4/ C. A. Doxiadis, “Ecumenopolis Tomorrow’ s City” (1968), 5/C.A. Doxiadis, “Ecumenopolis: The coming world-city”, A reader on ekistics (2005)


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