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[ih-kis-tiks] /ɪˈkɪs tɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the scientific study of human settlements, drawing on diverse disciplines, including architecture, city planning, and behavioral science.
1955-60; coined by Constantine A. Doxiadus (1913-1975), Greek urbanologist, ultimately < Greek oikistikōs, derivative of oikisía settlement, derivative of oîkos house; see -ics Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for ekistics


(functioning as sing) the science or study of human settlements
Derived Forms
ekistic, ekistical, adjective
ekistician, noun
Word Origin
C20: from Greek oikistikos of or concerning settlements, from oikizein to settle (a colony), from oikos a house
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science of human settlements. Ekistics involves the descriptive study of all kinds of human settlements and the formulation of general conclusions aimed at achieving harmony between the inhabitants of a settlement and their physical and sociocultural environments. Descriptive study involves the examination of the content, such as man alone or in societies, of a settlement, and the settlement container, or the physical settlement, composed of natural and human-made elements. The examination of settlement content and the physical settlement involves the investigation of five basic elements of human settlement: nature, including physical geography, soil resources, water resources, plant and animal life, and climate; human biological and emotional needs, sensations and perceptions, and moral values; society, including population characteristics, social stratification, cultural patterns, economic development, education, health and welfare, and law and administration; shells, or structures, in which people live and function, such as housing, schools, hospitals, shopping centres and markets, recreational facilities, civic and business centres, and industries; and networks, or systems, that facilitate life and day-to-day functions of inhabitants such as water and power systems, transportation networks, communication systems, and the settlement's physical layout.

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