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n. (used with a sing. verb)
The science of human settlements, including city or community planning and design.

[Modern Greek oikistikē, from feminine of Greek oikistikos, of settlements, from oikistēs, colonizer, founder, from oikizein, to settle, from oikos, house; see economy.]

e·kis′tic, e·kis′ti·cal adj.
ek′is·ti′cian (ĕk′ĭ-stĭsh′ən) n.
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(Sociology) (functioning as singular) the science or study of human settlements
[C20: from Greek oikistikos of or concerning settlements, from oikizein to settle (a colony), from oikos a house]
eˈkistic, eˈkistical adj
ˌekisˈtician n
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(ɪˈkɪs tɪks)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
the scientific study of human settlements, drawing on diverse disciplines, including architecture, city planning, and behavioral science.
[1955–60; coined by Constantine A. Doxiadis (1913–75), Greek urbanologist, ultimately < Greek oikistikōs, derivative of oikisía settlement, derivative of oîkos house; see -ics]
e•kis′tic, e•kis′ti•cal, adj.
e•kis•ti•cian (ɪ kɪˈstɪʃ ən, ˌi kɪ-) n.
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All of the architectural projects of Doxiadis were practical applications of the theory of ekistics, which is rooted in urban planning philosophy and concerns the science of human settlements, including regional, city, community planning and dwelling design.
Caroline Moore, CEO of Ekistics LLC and co-managing member of State Center LLC, maintains her firm still wants to redevelop State Center.
The ruling stemmed from the petition filed by Banco Filipino stockholder Ekistics Philippines Inc.
The CA granted the appeal filed by Ekistics Philippines Inc., a stockholder of Banco Filipino, and reinstated the WPI issued by the Makati City regional trial court in 2016.
With the reversal, the CA granted the motion for reconsideration filed by Ekistics Philippines, Inc., Banco Filipino's stockholder, which sought the reversal of the 2017 decision.
Dutton, "Foreword: size and shape in the growth of human communities," Ekistics, vol.
(16) Constantinos Apostolou Doxiadis, Ekistics: An Introduction to the Science of Human Settlements, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1968).
"The European Community as a catalyst for European urban networks", Ekistics, 352.
Speaking on behalf of Ekistics, International House Hotel and Rice Mill Lofts who are co-sponsoring the events, Samantha Joachim said: "We are very honored and excited to have Al Diaz as our special guest for this momentous weekend.