The Man and his Work

Architectural Space in Ancient Greece

In his first book, Doxiadis' view of the architectural and urban past of ancient Greece approximates to the urban thinking of the great moderns of the inter-War period. The encounter revolved around the prospect of formulating the principles of contemporary urbanism as applied in theory and practice, and as they were projected onto the city of the future. Initially published in Germany in 1937, Doxiadis' doctoral thesis was translated into English thirty-five years later to mark the symbolic culmination of his long way of research relating 'the ancient Greek city and the city of the present'. This was also the title of a seminal article of 1964 and the basis of a major series of studies of Ancient Greek Cities, prepared, under his guidance, in the late 1960s and early '70s by the Athens Centre of Ekistics.