What I think he is trying to say is this: there is an inherent logic in the structure and nature of organisms that have grown on this planet. Any architecture, any urban design, and any social order that violates that structure and nature is destructive of itself and of us. Any architecture, urban design, or social order that is based upon organic principles is valid and will prove its own validity.

from Arcology: The City In The Image Of Man (1969)

Portrait of Peter Blake

Peter Blake

September 20, 1920 – December 5, 2006

Peter Blake lived in the mainstream of contemporary architecture and art. As writer, magazine editor, critic, and practicing architect, he numbered among his friends and acquaintances (and occasionally enemies) virtually all of the major figures of modern architecture, and a good many famous artists as well. He served as head of the architecture and design department of the Museum of Modern Art, editor in chief of Architectural Forum, and chairman of the department of architecture at Catholic University.