Peter Seidel (December 2, 1926, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American architect-planner turned writer.


Seidel moved from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Ohio to plan a new town outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. Seidel's plans for the new town never came to fruition, but he instead built an eco-community in Clermont County (on 188 acres of land). Seidel's inspiration for this was a place where residents could get a feel of nature.[1]

Seidel currently lives in Northside.


  • 1998, Invisible Walls: Why We Ignore the Damage We Inflict on the Planet ... and Ourselves. Amherst New York, Prometheus Books, ISBN 1-57392-217-X.
  • 2006, Global Survival: The Challenge and its Implications For Thinking and Acting, edited with Ervin Laszlo. New York, Select Books, ISBN 1-59079-104-5.

(This book is based on a proposed new discipline by eminent political scientist John H. Herz to be called Survival Science. Chapters written by scholars from various disciplines explain how their field relates to the subject of human survival. If we are to confront survival seriously, we must look at the broad range of subjects that affect it.)

Significant Projects and WritingEdit

  • 1964, Central–Linear City, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Virginia Engineering Extension Series Circular No. 2. An environmentally and sociologically sound alternative to urban sprawl.
  • 1968, A Proposal for Urban Development, a further development of Central-Linear City done at the University of Michigan with the help of a Horace R. Rackham Faculty Research Grant.
  • 1968, "Peter Seidel's Model City," one hour documentary, University of Michigan Television.
  • 1971, Winter, "New Cities of Man: a Proposal," Technology and Human Affairs, pp. 19–22, Illinois Institute of technology
  • 1972, "‘Idustructure,’ a Vertical Industrial Park Designed for Use in the Central City," August–September 1972, Inland Architect, Chicago, pp.22-3.
  • 1972, "One Man's, Dream," The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Enquirer Magazine, July 30, 1972, pp. 14 – 20. (About an unrealized eco-community).
  • 1974, Proposal for an Integrated Energy System for Buildings, Utilizing Solar Energy, The Eco-Tech Foundation, Inc.
  • 1979, "Six Units on 7, 600 sq. ft.," cover and pp. 60–63, February, 1979, Housing, a McGraw-Hill publication. (An exemplar of energy conserving, high density, urban infill housing.)
  • 1981, "Stacked Condos at 27 Units per Acre," Dec. 1981, Housing, pp. 38–39, a McGraw-Hill publication. (An exemplar of energy conserving, high density, urban infill housing.)
  • 1982, "Developing Increased Density Condominiums," Commercial Investment Journal, vol 1, Summer 1982, 34-37.
  • 1985, "Mies today: Thoughts of a Former Student" March/April 1985, Inland Architect, p. 45, Chicago.
  • 1989-90, "Invisible Walls." Preproduction funding for one-hour television documentary obtained, internationally recognized experts agreed to advise and/or appear, script writer and director, both Emmy award-winners, were lined up, and a script was produced. Production funding could not be obtained.
  • 1994, "Cities and the Real World," World Futures, The Journal of General Evolution, Vol. 39, No. 4, 1994, pp. 183–195, Taylor and Francic, Yverdon, Switzerland
  • 1998, "The Cost of Wealthy Modern Cities," Indian Journal of Applied Economics, July–September, 1998, pp. 291–301, Bangalore.
  • 2002, "What to Know," unpublished
  • 2009, September, "Is it Inevitable that Evolution Self Destruct?" Futures, Vol.41, No. 10, December 2009, pp. 754–759, Elsevier LTD, Amsterdam. doi:10.1016/j.futures.2009.07.003


  1. ^ "Peter Seidel Forecasts the Future". City Beats. City Beats. Retrieved 14 July 2018.