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Exhibition: how architecture rebuilds communities

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The RIBA has launched a new exhibition focused on how architecture can play a part in rebuilding communities after disaster

The Creation from Catastrophe exhibition in the RIBA’s architecture gallery features work by Pritzker Prize winners Alejandro Aravena, Shigeru Ban, and Toyo Ito.

Designed by Aberrant Architecture, the installation which features an elevated viewing platforms and cork and Perspex displays, explores the way cities and communities have been reimagined after both natural and man-made disasters.

Through drawings, models, photographs and films, the exhibition showcases the pioneering work of architects across the world.

The display features examples from masterplans for the capital after the Great Fire of London in 1666 to more recent responses to natural disasters in Nepal, Chile, Pakistan and the USA.

The original plans drawn up by Christopher Wren for the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire have gone on display for the first time as part of the wide-ranging display.

Creation from Catastrophe: How architecture rebuilds communities runs in the RIBA Architecture Gallery from 27 January to 24 April 2016

’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

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