All Hail the Mighty Computer

Constantinos Doxiadis revolutionized urban planning. Doxiadis’ Ekistics methodology was one of the first approaches to use computers as evaluation tools. He developed complex matrices to examine multiple planning scenarios and determine which situation would work well for a geographic area. Often times we put computers on a pedestal, and we forget to focus on the humanistic side of problems. Good planning and architecture needs the human conscience to assess moral and ethical dilemmas. Furthermore, these practices need the human imagination to devise creative solutions for our ever-changing problems. Computers have transformed city planning and design, but we must remember that technology will never be a substitute for the human heart and mind.

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