We acknowledge the traditional owners and sovereign custodians of the land on which Collingwood Yards is situated, the Wurundjeri people of the Woiwurrung language group. We extend our respect to their Ancestors and all First Peoples and Elders past, present, and future.

Bookshop by Uro and Composite
Spontaneous Landscapes: Matthew Gandy’s ‘Natura Urbana’

Thursday 1 September, 6:15pm — 8:30pm
Accessible Toilet
Wheelchair Accessible

Urban geographer Matthew Gandy’s film ‘Natura Urbana: The Brachen of Berlin’ explores the spontaneous explosion of diverse wild landscapes in the abandoned urban spaces of Berlin during the post-war period. Emerging from war-time destruction, economic malaise, and geopolitical division, these empty sites evolved into laboratories for botanists, artists, and ordinary people seeking respite from the city.

For this special screening of the film, join the author and director himself and a panel including landscape architect, Alistair Kirkpatrick and artist, Sarah Lynch for a post-viewing discussion. Panelists will explore the role spontaneous plants play in the urban environment and find new perspectives on experimental responses to the climate emergency in a local context.

Our hosts Bookshop by Uro will have Matthew Gandy’s associated book Natura Urbana: Ecological Constellations in Urban Space’ available for purchase on the night and at a special discount for ticket holders.


Johnston Street Building
35 Johnston Street
Collingwood Yards
Collingwood, 3066


The Johnston Street Lift, located immediately inside 35B Johnston Street (LG) provides access to levels UG, 1 and 2. 35A Johnston Street provides a footpath and ramp to the Automatic door entrance to level UG. From 35C Johnston Street, there is a footpath and ramp leading to the Johnston Street lift and external staircase.

The only at level access paths to Johnston Street UG are via Entrance 35A Johnston Street or 30A Perry Street. The at level access paths to Johnston Street Building LG are via 35B and 35C Johnston Street. The access path to Johnston Street Building L1 and L2 requires use of the Johnston Street Lift.

Accessible toilets are located within the Johnston Street Building on Level UG and Level 1, toward the western end of the building near entrance 35A Johnston Street. Accessible toilets are also located at the eastern end of the Johnston Street Building on Level LG, near the Music Market co-working space. These toilets are open throughout office and event hours. All accessible toilets are equipped with manual locks, exit buttons and grab rails.

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