Planners: Oracles at Delos

The work of the city planner is highly technical, complex and occasionally grubby. It is also exciting, full of heady schemes and grandiose concepts. Among the most grandiose are those advanced by Constantinos Apostolos Doxiadis, 56, inventor and prophet of "ekistics," meaning the science of human settlements. His planning and design firms employ more than a thousand people in Athens, Washington and 17 other cities. His smallest projects these days are complete university campuses, his largest embrace thousands of square miles, such as the River Plate Basin Development Program, involving new...

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