International Workshop

Ekistics, Central Place Theory, Regional Science and Modern Urban Economics: Trends of Interplay among Neighbors
Yannis M. Ioannides (Tufts University)
The paper will explore the intellectual antecedents of ekistics within existing theories of human settlements. Prominent among them are central place theory and regional science, which have a strongly continental European pedigree, and modern urban economics, which by now is taught and studied world-wide but has a strong Anglo-Saxon flavor. The paper will explore the development of ekistics for the purpose of understanding urban "problems" and of providing intellectual support for deliberate interventions in urban and regional space. The paper will explore the interactions of ekistics with these other disciplines by means of a brief analysis of its analytical underpinnings and will contrast its some stylized prescriptions with those from those other disciplines by means of a number of examples.