So many cities have been destroyed by catastrophic events such as fires, tsunamis and earthquakes. This presents architects with a challenge as well as an opportunity to re-build cities and communities in imaginative ways to future proof them from other natural or man-made disasters.
The Architecture Gallery at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), has an insightful and fantastic exhibition called Creation from Catastrophe – How architecture rebuilds communities on until the 24 April 2016.
This exhibition is displaying ten different projects, starting with London after the great fire of 1666, where five sixths of the medieval part of the city of London were destroyed by a 4 day long fire. The alternative plans for rebuilding London are on display and it is really interesting to see what London could have looked like.
Other projects on display include Lisbon after the great Lisbon earthquake of 1755, Chicago after the great fire of 1871, Metabolism, Darya Khan, Pakistan, to mention just some of the amazing pieces on display.
Entrance to the exhibition is free and I really recommend going to see it. It is so interesting as we have seen some of the more recent natural disasters such as Gurkha, Nepal and it is a different perspective to see the aftermath and how architects re-designed communities and cities.