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Art, nature and urban ecology in Berlin

Grant from the British Academy for Matthew Gandy

Art, nature and urban ecology in Berlin

Professor Matthew Gandy has been awarded a grant from the British Academy to examine cultural and scientific responses to spontaneous forms of urban nature in post-war Berlin.  Unplanned spaces of nature in the city, such as wastelands, were very extensive in the post-war era but have also proliferated during the last twenty years following German unification and industrial restructuring.


The research has two aims: Firstly, to focus on artistic responses through the work of artists such as Paul Armand-Gette and Ulrike Mohr, who have explored different facets to the spontaneous landscapes of Berlin; and secondly, to consider the role of the city itself as an experimental space for the development of urban ecology.