The Royal Institute of British Architects presents a small exhibition that portrays the way in which architects respond to natural disasters around the world and the processes and ideologies they adopt to reconstruct a city.
RIBA has selected a small number of case studies to illustrate the theme, beginning with original work by Sir Christopher Wren, showcasing his response to the Great Fire of London in 1666. Wren’s re-imagination of London was presented as an opportunity to rebuild a modern, rational and competitive city. The exhibition examines how, despite the pain, suffering and destruction, that natural disasters can provide architects and communities opportunities to rethink and develop the landscape of our homes and cities for the better.
The work in Constitución Chile, presented via imagery and a short film, exemplifies the importance of architects engaging with locals to improve their quality of life following the earthquake and tsunami in 2010. Female architect Yasmeen Lari is also highlighted in the exhibition for her work in the disaster areas of Pakistan, providing more than 45,000 relief structures including several women’s centres, literacy centres and free schools.
Creation from Catastrophe will be running until the 24th of April in The Architecture Gallery at the Royal Institute of British Architects.
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