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Man and the multitude. This University of Illinois Centennial symposium presented by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences studies contemporary man poised between past and future and between isolation and the community of the world. Guest speakers and panel members comment on the conflicting forces which push men apart from others. And into communion with others. Lectures in this series will be followed by discussions involving speakers visiting professors and University of Illinois faculty members as well as interested students. Our speaker Constantino is Doxey Ottis is an internationally prominent architect and city planner. Last year he was given the $30000 Aspen award which parallels the Nobel Prize in humanities. He is the foremost proponent of acoustics the science of human settlement. He has served as consultant to the governments of Ghana Greece India Iraq Jordan Lebanon Libya Pakistan Spain and many others. He will now speak on
man in the city of the future. When the subject. Of this lecture of. Who was I going to eat. Man In The City of the future. I started thinking about the future and I got confused. So I decided not to go out to Adelphi. And ask the advice of the article. I went to them. I sat in the sun out of the temple. And after a few hours when my tablet came I went in. And. Asked what the future. Of mine. And the city could be the answer I received was as always quite confusing to. Me.
Off site of my about. The death. Of city. Is going to stand I had lost my cottage. And I did not know what to do. I only thought that they better take the plane and by then they discovered that he was not in 1967. But in the two thousand sixty seven. I went to my up have in that and I asked how I could come to out of Bana. I was told that the simplest way was to take an early call. Because by that time the motto cause we have so many of these states that they were out of
nothing expecting the streets to be free before seven days. There had to put a cop that took me away to the north of Athens. Where I found a big Apple products. After waiting for a house I managed to get a plane which took me to the jet from where. In 5 minutes I was in Chicago. There it again. It took me hours to get out of Chicago. Hours to get into. The travel from Athens to could relate to a simple conclusion that they knew of loft transportation was that the shortest did this dance. The amount of time it takes to make. Flying.
Are very few and up and the United States. I could see the very city which was big parts of both continents. Which was very wide in places very narrow in other places but was a continuous city this city which by then humanity had called the advance of a city or a police. South having so much. So I started thinking that you must proceed in a systematic way and stand this city and not only because. The body of the body which has many doctor his brother his brothers and uncles because they come from a medical family but also because I think it is time for us to start being taken out of fully. I proceeded to a pathology of the city and as any good pathology Sharma's I had to go back and
these are very big city had to go out. I can't wait to go back. In the 17th century. And flight out of the same area which looked like these big companies tight and fuel cities and mine out of the largest spread in big distances. That was the seventeenth century. Then in the end this century not the least that they had a few obvious spots we had met and their child are living up to that moment of growth and then had of late had I saw their way lions and petting with each other. As a result of which we had to get a tad of good of Especially when out of the Lions cost and before you head in your lines we had to go to all of them and we had to you know see trees being
brought all along them rides the old ones did not go as much. It took years of industrialization and to the moment that when three months out of this and each other. And second turning. Off the good always be the one caused by the I always was and as a result of reach. We had already begun to waltz into the peak shuttle and connecting that I love CD's to gad. Then we had. Another growth. We had also an expansion of them so that auction and along the highways. It was then that we discovered that because of these good all of. Our cities throughout a softening very much in that of
me and so we decided to proceed with Saturday and to restart that got the info. That the investor right we were to decongest the CTA not knowing. That the only result would be even modest construction. We did not have the same or used to know. They're very simple. Which we can and stand if we remember of the story of the lady with the skunk she had on one day. The fire chief and she said this Concord was in the basement and the fire chief chief said well if you want to get to the end of it you're just with some kid I'm so. But I had from the basement to the forest in the other by this country's going to walk out.
Next morning the lady got angry again and the fire chief asked has this. Not she said it I have to. This is what happens to our cities. We still have the wrong impression that could anything better have ceased himself but I suppose if. We get it we forget that the better system of possible Deshaun butting in these the speeds inquiries and that afraid of people from even the larger of these dances coming into the cities and our CDs begin to soften and not a mostly all five elements within a. Sufi. Recovered to be had in mind the power seat these are often in a way to eat off a man who has come to eat of society. Gated by
the off chance. Houses building self so we have a weapon with which man call battles he's life and never wanted us. But. But all roads I have always looked up supply lines. Telecommunications. All five elements out of getting right computers and internet. We fail completely. We spiral out of this. We supplied beautiful landscapes. We contaminate to the air. We point you to the Wattpad as never before. Man. Who was free in the past. To move into his cities. Decided to buy out his own more of months has been deprived even of this simplest freedom the freedom of he has to be content to buy the machines. We had a good ole to the traffic into the city. Society. Does not update as
well as in the past. We lend their stand to this by a simple example. If we had five people in the past in these these towns just have them then city this people now believe. In it then city which is much a lot of jobs. In many cities. The density has dropped. To one thousand of what it was in 1920 and that a fault these people have to carve out a lot of these towns this is not a built to be connected. Somebody could say perhaps I guess by now we have automobiles and we have means of communications. Who has automobiles. Even in a very affluent society. No more than 50 percent of the people the ganglions the very old ones and the ones we chat software think Cano to
have their own automobile. They have to be guided by yobbos So 50 percent of the population even in a very affluent society is deprived of the right to be connected. We the obvious and how out are we going to use the means of telecommunications. We said we have telephone and television but television at a place in the five that at the moment at which the he's cheated the need at bedtime. And the telephone at the place of the relationship of the two sexes. We should not forget that we have 15 feet deep menacing. So that we have. The five elements and these five elements can be seen in five defendants ways. They can be seen. As economic phenomena. As social phenomena lead to. A.
Technological. Or a culture out of. The five elements seen in five ways. Two of these get eight. And some people out of the saying that we have 25 types of problems but then you put up a calculation show that our problems model have to fit a median. You can understand this if you think this way. The father of a family say's his city is and what he means that business is thriving. He looks at the city from the economic point of view. He needs a better as a society the mother will say this is a very powerful city. And what she means is she lives now out in the out and chances of
meeting friends and gossiping to go out in the day very small. The daughter of ses she said adding that I think I'm glad she means that they have now excellent music and dancing for their sons. The signs say it is on our city and what he means is that every city has not the proper spot its grounds and the godmother sais This is the most beautiful city in the wild and what she means is that the smallest that eat the oil that is have a main to them. In this way. Everybody looks up to the human step with a man in his peculiar way and we cannot give the man himself. Is losing the battle in his cities he gradually into it right. He cannot move he cannot and he does not want to but he of the area that he is.
Because we. Now have adequate big buildings. We take the contaminated out and we are supposed to but he of the when we go out to get some fresh air. He does not. And does not want any more and he cannot enjoy his architecture. The age of love between man and show. Is Lost. If you cannot see. If you have automobiles between you and the building the only way to look at utech shadow reaction is to look at it from a big distance to walk to got to the site. And just find the way from which you would like it if you thought I didn't get to you will be killed.
We cannot have. We choose based on aesthetic conceptions. If we cannot use our senses but I'll pass the relationship off man. We threw his rocks off is late that the very match to the space. To the census of man and his movements. This night is upset him to see and hear bands on. He goes out into the living in a loud density is losing the most but he shows. At the edge of the civilized city that is the high density which was because of the radiation a few laws of democracy and the US he has had to go to for the dumbs he's losing his battle and that if if we could
project 2067 and we would see that even dancing would look mechanical. Because a man who has to walk in all his study it's conditioned by the green and the red the light cannot express himself in any defendant way down the scene and he has been a jumping high in the folk dances when he was living in the mountains. Because his neck shot out a way of walking was by jumping from Iraq to Iraq. Pindar the good boy to say that he could hear the steps of the Dancing Man feet. Theirs was missing in that upright that he's tapping as meaning that the people who have dancing in feel they want to know. The people are
coming from the mountains to Delfi where a dancing man in the past. Could develop his census including he is more of mind. They don't know whether you know the study of the Japanese dancer who went to visit them up on the top of a hill and after walking all the status he had an op he walked again and he died and so the monk asked him what happens he said two steps out of me saying. The monk said to know. Because you can see the top of the heel is paved and it was always this way. Then the advance of a said. Then the dollar and they dug and they found the two missing steps. There were people who would feed them the space and this we have people who create that the out of this now.
We create art for the museums and this is not the eye way for the expression of humanity. This is the city we had a building for the future. That have many people who oppose this idea and say look we are not going to have the cities are done to be awarded and there are good months out of the following. First that we had of not going to have a continuous increase of the population. But all these studies which have proven that to the population of the earth is going to get all four out of seven modern genetics she's made aware of by the end of next century but not before. This means that even if we have tonight you and your very best gone act passed by the United Nations that we'll still have to have been young people on these because of the ongoing forces and is rehab not going to have these activities
much more a problem that we are going to have 25 to 30 billion people that he's eight to ten times greater population than the present one. Which means said that a bun population. Which is now one point thirty billion almost 25 a lot of jobs than the present one will have that afforded to think of the average city to the end of the next century in the second half of the next century as having 25 times 75 to hand it done 50 times as many modern IT DOES THIS IS NOT It is not possible to rely on the stable population. He's not today at least the second out of government against the guy. Man is that ban ization is not going to continue and the people who speak in this datum say that we have now a movement for some but I was a sham but we
all I did begin to witness a movement thought of this and thought I was Asian and they mention the example because of politicians moving out of the heart of London it is wrong with government because the city is not the center of a lot of talk from your daughter. All of the central part of the city is where these big corporations and the big functions of man. So if all our function is sort of moving out of the city to new places it is there but we are going to have the big city and the big cities. It is wrong to believe that we let the butt end of a ban ization and since I live without the argument is that technological progress. Mass Communications is going to solve this problem for us. We have are not put off of that. All of which have been done carefully by my companies. Including the companies that are way out of the unarmed
out of Beaton's units of information we receive the day for a new means of communications like the papers with relation to telephone television networks etc. increase is very much the number of better sound to better some of contacts does not decrease at all which probes that being your means of communications have added a new dimension of modern context but they have not had any impact on the past on a better son context. Finally we fought out of government is that the technological changes are so big that they are but I dicked up and down these they want us to cross our hands and sit back and say because there are unpredictable factors and there are but I do not believe factors or you will NOT to Iraq on the basis of the put a dict number ones. But that's old sod off
and it is wrong because well you know that even we have tonight their very big invention. It will take tens of years to have any impact of this invention on our lives we can reach the safe ground pollution that we have heading for what's a very big city and that the system is going to continue developing and this is the city which we call the city police which is going to be much larger than many other specs of than the present one and which is by necessity going to eliminate and kill the man and civilization because the CD is not found of the content all of we this we have the obligation to put our seed. To the next point and ask ourselves if a vase happens if this is the path of the situation. Would
we not make it up out of diagnoses. Do we not and stand what happens and why it happens. I think it is time for man to stop walking. There might be a diagnosis of the situation the best way is to say we all the phenomenon we are talking about on a put up at a cicada. I use a scale that we call a cue stick got a scale which presents a call on us all that be in space we have which is leading from the smallest unit manager himself in one battle. To the all the cars the neighborhood this small city. This small
city of the past is here two of the big might put our police. Through the megalopolis. Fire Natalie. Two of the 15 which is the color. If we tie in now he have to inscribe out of phenomena on a scale from zero to hand that at present we begin to see that we could put some of them in our thoughts and define the problems. Example we speak very much a few months Katie and I have helped people speaking about the human scale in the megalopolis between Boston and Washington. But this is upset. It doesn't make sense. That is not human scale it between Boston and Washington on the human scale is way out of man with his own and their child our forces.
How far can I walk in a city. His study that the average man wants to walk ten minutes. Usually And this has been going fast and by it is this many CDs that mean it's walking takes man. Up to the end of this model CTV drops because all the people and people like to walk don't walk the halls everybody walks in he's home then be. In the neighborhood. People begin to use a bicycles. And they may use them in a lot of distances and then they started to use in my part of Carlos and they it was them up to the end of that I'm a part of this knot of money. Would. Be going back to the police. We have other means of transportation like we had a plane the jet and there
was and that a photo we would provide these phenomena and say Here we have. The adult plane here we have the jet. Which call themselves these this process and began to have the I don't get it. Now before you want on such a scale. To stop them there standing what happens to a man. We begin to spend some basic phenomenon. We say we have now a new means of transportation and communications. We say the AVT is shutting KING Thank God we don't give the statement If we want to make a statement like this it's but I've had to say man is expanding. But even these would be add on because man is not expanding his body.
And in his census. I canno to walk a long gallop now and I cannot see longer and I cannot hear these dances and this auditorium could not contain 20000 people. They could not see that I wouldn't hear that out of human dimensions which I remain constant. They have the dimensions that I have to put on the broad. And the census. Man. Has said of Penn and the abilities we should do not change and in the modern city is the modern way of really being. We tend to a vet who conveys because I can flight. How about a lot of these Done system it does not mean that the stuff my little mom the day mentions of my study eat. Should be changed. It does not mean that distances between you when you have a seating he should change it in this way
we can begin to put some LOT of data in some of the phenomena which have a good 8 to AS and we come to the product more being too specific at the end of the SEP and we kind of had I to understand. Your point. Take a cut off and to go back to the 17th century where you will see that the people. Call that a $7 products of these costs of outs.
Man and the multitude
Constantinos Doxiadis, part two
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This program presents the second part of a lecture by Constantinos Doxiadis, prominent architect, city planner, and winner of the Aspen Award, on "Man in the City of the Future."
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A lecture series commemorating the centennial of the University of Illinois.
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