Professor Dr Simon Thurley identifies the five events that shaped London's landscape as we know it today http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-five-catastrophes-that-made-london
London is the most dynamic old world city on the planet - renewal has been at the heart of its success. Disaster has never been courted, but when it has come it has provided the platform for advances that have been at first sight architectural but with hindsight economic and social.
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