Arata Isozaki, Re-ruined Hiroshima Project, 1968

Jules Guerin, Plan of Chicago, 1907

Sir Christopher Wren's plan for rebuilding the City of London after the Great Fire, 1666


'A disaster zone where everything is lost offers the perfect opportunity for us to take a fresh look, from the ground up, at what architecture really is'.
Toyo Ito

Creation from Catastrophe: how architecture rebuilds communities
RIBA, London
27 Jan - 24 April 2016
Curated by Jes Fernie

Creation from Catastrophe looked at the varying and magical ways that architects have re-imagined cities in the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters. The exhibition linked to my to research into the ways in which destruction can create the conditions for reinvention. It considered the evolving relationship between man, architecture and nature and asked whether we are now facing a paradigm shift in how we live and build in the 21st century.

Starting with the five alternative plans for London created after the Great Fire of 1666, the exhibition took the audience on a journey through 18th century Lisbon, 19th century Chicago, 20th century Skopje, ending in current day Nepal, Nigeria, Japan, Chile, Pakistan and USA.

Selected press coverage:
Evening Standard
BBC World Service interview
RIBA Magazine
Time Out

Jes Fernie

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