The Laws of Settlements

By: Erick Villagomez  

Are there fundamental laws that govern all settlements—from the smallest village to the largest cities? The Laws of Settlements paper highlights a handful of principles underlying human settlements of all sizes and across all cultures. These are based on a book titled The Laws of Settlements, which revives, updates and refreshes the work of Constantinos Apostolou Doxiadis: taking the laws outlined in his seminal book Ekistics: An Introduction to the Science of Human Settlements, and refreshing them in light of research done since its publication.

Urban Planning, Urban Environments, Architecture, Cities, Urbanism, Metropolis, City Planning
Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Erick Villagomez

Founding Principal, Environmental Designer, Metis Design | Build, Canada

Erick Villagomez is a Part-time Lecturer within the University of British Columbia's School of Community of Regional Planning where his work and research focuses on urban design and planning. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Wilson School of Design and the founding principal of Metis Design|Build, a practice that works on diverse projects ranging from small-scale architecture and urban design consulting, to illustration and information design. Constantly writing, Erick is the Editor-in-Chief of Spacing Vancouver and a regular contributor to the award-winning Spacing Magazine. He is also the author of The Laws of Settlements: 54 Laws Underlying Settlements Across Scale and Culture, reflecting his academic and professional interests in human settlements at all scales.