On Sandy attacking New York city

IMAGINE THE GREAT CITIES OF THE WORLD GONE, FOREVER

Sandy attacking New York is a reminder of just how fragile our cities are. Now nature is seriously threatening one of the greatest cities in the world, it’s a good moment to think of all those other urban societies that have disappeared through force of nature. From the  legendary island Atlantis over Pompeii to the Indus Valley Civilization. Atlantis sank into the ocean “in a single day and night of misfortune” (Plato) Let’s cross fingers for New York City.

I just listened to this great podcast from the BBC about the Indus Valley Civilization: “The ancient city of Harappa lies around 150 miles north of Lahore, in Pakistan. It was once one of the great centres of a civilisation with vast trade connections, which built over 100 cities, some with sophisticated sanitation systems, large-scale architecture and even a modern grid layout. But the Indus civilisation in Pakistan and India had been totally forgotten until a small seal, used for making impressions in wax or clay, led to its rediscovery.”

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/ahow/ahow_20100203-1000a.mp3

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/RRbS0YxzQQa88y_xkV1ADg

 

pix: photoshopped drowning of New York City by John Blackford, imaginary map of Atlantis by Athanasius Kircher.

 

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