On Monday, March 25, Columbia's Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture will present "Berlin Babylon," a film depicting the redevelopment of Berlin after the fall of the wall. Following the discussion Hubertus Siegent, the film's writer and director, and Ralph Stern, visiting professor of architecture, will lead a discussion. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall and is open to the public.
"Berlin Babylon" shows images of a city in transition, the fascination of rapid change, the beauty of unadulterated landscapes, the horrors of destruction and the spell cast by the void. Prominent architects, developers, politicians and urban planners are seen at work. The film is unique because there are no interviews, no statements; rather, the music provides the commentary.