Extinction of Humanity: Man-made Catastrophe to Urban Decay

Extinction of Humanity: Man-made Catastrophe to Urban Decay

When a man-made catastrophe occurs there is only one choice for the population – escape. The Chernobyl catastrophe brought the human race the closest it has been to the brink of an extinction, forcing evacuation and leaving structures to weather, deteriorate and battle natural opposition.

This dissertation attempts to assess the effect that a man-made disaster has on built structures and city inhabitants. It outlines the way that people flee and how the architecture of the built environment aids or prohibits escape of its citizens. By investigating testimonies of people who experienced Chernobyl and Bhopal we can see what terrors people faced and the condition of the structures left behind.

[Oxford Brookes University, BA Architecture Dissertation, Year 3 – 2012]

Tutor: Dr.Igea Troiani