06:00 PM

Globalized Nature, Ecology, and the Future City: Learning from Berlin

What can architects, planners, and urban policy makers learn from the unique experience of post-war Berlin as a centre for international developments in urban ecological research? Artists and scientists in Berlin have led the way in developing new conceptions of urban nature and in highlighting the importance of urban biodiversity. More recently, these pioneering ideas have been incorporated into a series of innovative new park designs and highly successful cultural programmes.

The event starts with a screening of a short excerpt from Matthew Gandy’s film Natura Urbana. The Brachen of Berlin, followed by flashlight statements of the panelists and a critical discussion. The audience is very welcome to participate with questions and comments. The debate will be followed by a small reception (7.30-8.30 p.m.) to give the opportunity to exchange views and ideas.

Welcome remarks by Michelle Müntefering, MP, Chair of the Subcommitee on International Culture and Educational Policy


  • Prof. Dr. Dorothee Brantz, professor of Urban History and Director of the Centre for Metropolitan Studies at the Technical University Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Matthew Gandy, professor for Cultural, Urban, and Environmental Geography at the University of Cambridge; Universität Hamburg alumnus 2021/2022 at HIAS
  • Prof. Dr. Monika Grubbauer, professor for the History and Theory of the City, Hafen City University, Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Ingo Kowarik, professor for Ecosystem Science and Plant Ecology at the Technical University Berlin; former State Commissioner for Nature Conservation and Landscape Planning of the State of Berlin
  • Dr. Katrin Singer, research associate at the Institute of Geography, Universität Hamburg

The event will be held at the British Embassy in Berlin and by invitation.If you would like to participate, we kindly ask you to register here.R.S.V.P. by 9 June 2023