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Ruined Visions

Berlin Episode 2 of 3

The story of Berlin and its buildings is one of visionary creation and terrible destruction, of human ambition and delusion. From the 19th-century architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel to the Bauhaus pioneers of Modernism and the rebuilding of the city after the fall of the Wall, it is a city that has always looked to the future.

Architect Albert Speer had grand plans to transform Berlin into a monumental Nazi capital for Adolf Hitler, and the buildings that remain from his scheme are still haunted by their terrible associations.

There is no other city in the world where the morality of the architecture has been so heavily scrutinized. Buildings with Imperial, Nazi and Communist pasts all inspire fierce debates about whether this city should acknowledge or deny its chequered history.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 7 Dec 2010 02:30


Role Contributor
PresenterMatt Frei
DirectorSam Hobkinson
DirectorDavid Vincent
ProducerSam Hobkinson
ProducerDavid Vincent
Executive ProducerBasil Comely

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