With his visionary ideas and fantastical, imaginative, and colourful drawings, British architect Peter Cook has profoundly influenced and helped shape architecture and architectural thinking for almost six decades. Since the 1960s, British avant-garde architect and professor Sir Peter Cook (b. 1936) had used drawing as the primary medium to express his alternative and often fantastical ideas and visions.
He has thus, to a large extent, remained a so-called “Paper Architect” – a general term for the theoretical thinkers, who from their studio desk have managed to influence architecture and institute new directions. Cook’s drawings can be conceived as suggestions for new ways of shaping the city and inhabiting it. This is a prevalent theme throughout Cook’s career, which goes way back to the 1960s and 1970s, when he and the so-called neo-futuristic group Archigram created new and provocative ways of seeing the city of the future.