Revised 27 September 2021

CONDENSED CHAPTER SUMMARY - see more detailed summaries under Section headings

Ekistics Taxonomic System

  • By looking at settlements of ages past and gone we are able to develop a better understanding and insight as to the main factors which interact to influence the patterns of human settlements.

  • Ekistics provides a full and complete taxonomic system which facilitates the study of the physical, social, and organic nature of human settlements.

  • If humankind is to continue to survive for millennia, then humankind should not attempt to dominate nature, but instead should regards itself as being a part of nature. 

  • Doxiadis’ theory of the growth and development of human settlements in terms of statistical laws show a strong similarity with the growth of ecosystems.

  • The attributes of steady state settlements are listed in the final Section of the Chapter: Steady State Settlements. These attributes can be mapped onto an Ekistics Relationship Matrix which can then be used as a check list and catalyst for identifying and developing objectives, proposals, and policies required to ensure long-term sustainability of human settlements. All policies would need to be mutually supportive without conflict.