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18:20 - 20:30 7 March 2018

Natura Urbana: The Brachen of Berlin


Bertha DocHouse | Curzon Bloomsbury
The Brunswick Centre | London | WC1N 1AW | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Matthew Gandy, Director, Natura Urbana
Sandra Jasper, Executive Producer/Co-Writer, Natura Urbana
Stephen Barber, Research Professor in Art History, Kingston University
Peg Rawes, Professor of Architecture and Philosophy, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Urban Lab Films present one of the first UK screenings of 'Natura Urbana: The Brachen of Berlin' (UK/Germany, 72 mins) by Matthew Gandy.

The prize-winning documentary tells the post-war history of Berlin through its plants, as we encounter an extraordinary variety of spontaneous vegetation from all over the world that has sprouted along railway lines, on street corners, and in the distinctive Brachen of Berlin. The changing vegetation serves as a parallel history to war-time destruction, geopolitical division, and the newest phase of urban transformation. In addition to stunning urban landscapes, and unknown or rarely seen archive footage, the film features interviews with leading cultural and scientific figures from Berlin such as the botanist Herbert Sukopp and the actor and writer Hanns Zischler.

Tickets to the screening will be made available via the registration link from 6pm on Thursday 15 February.


Jordan Rowe
+44 (0)20 3108 9402 | urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk


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