ABSTRACT

The architect–planner Constantinos Doxiadis (1913–75) is not well known nowadays. There is a trickle of articles covering details of his career and projects, part of a shift in the last two decades to rehabilitate forgotten or vilified Modernists. There is also the ‘World Society for Ekistics’, which seeks to advance Doxiadis's agenda by lobbying the United Nations. Nonetheless, Doxiadis remains something of an unknown. From the late 1950s through to his death in 1975, however, he seems almost to have been inescapable, and featured regularly not only in professional journals and lecture circuits but in the popular media as well. His public profile at this time might have been higher than any other figure associated with the values of the Congrès Internationaux d'Architecture Moderne (CIAM). Life magazine christened him the ‘Busy Remodeller of the World’ in 1966 (Lurie 1966: 55), and the following year Walter Cronkite sought his opinions for a CBS special on ‘Cities of the Future’.1