Environment: Visionary Zeal in Detroit

Greece's Constantinos A. Doxiadis is an oracle among planners. As proprietor of the multidisciplinary science of human settlements he calls Ekistics, he foresees the gradual evolution of "Ecumenopolis"—a world city formed by overlapping megalopolises. If present trends continue, he says, the world city will be a ghastly, inhuman place. Determined to head off such a bleak future, Doxiadis is trying to shape the growth of today's cities. He has just completed a fiveyear, $3,000,000 study of the 23,059-sq. mi. "Urban Detroit Area," sponsored by the Detroit Edison Co.

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