Three hundred and fifty years ago this fall, the Great Fire of London devastated England's capital city, destroying 13,000 houses and 84 churches in a blaze that lasted four days. Tomorrow, a new exhibit at the Royal Institute of British Architects imagines the different paths London's reconstruction could have taken.

Creation from Catastrophe: How Architecture Rebuilds Communities begins with alternative plans for the city after the Great Fire of 1666--for visitors to enjoy a few what-ifs and what-could-have-beens for one of the world's most beloved metropolises. From the press release: "The original drawings for five different plans for rebuilding London will be presented, showing the differing ideas of the time for rebuilding the city."

Take a look at architect Sir Christopher Wren's vision for the city with wide boulevards and plazas.

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Wren's plan for London, complete with larger avenues and public spaces.[/caption]

Does the design below look familiar to you Americans? Robert Hooke's design for London contained a more orderly grid design--like many of America's relatively younger cities.

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Plan for rebuilding London attributed to Robert Hooke (c) London Metropolitan Archives, City of London[/caption]

Richard Newcourt's design, the ultimate grid, thankfully never had the chance to rob the city of its character, though following directions would have been a snap.

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First plan for the rebuilding of London by Richard Newcourt (c) London Metropolitan Archives[/caption]

All of these plans and more can be seen alongside never-realized dreams for places like Chicago after its great fire, Lisbon after its earthquake, and even Hoboken after the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.

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Ideas for rebuilding Hoboken, New Jersey, after Hurricane Sandy--copyright OMA[/caption]

The exhibit opens on January 27 and will run until April 24, 2016. Visit the Royal Institute of British Architects for more information.