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34 4 Stage 4: 2000– (Belonging) Fig. 7 Restored Weinhaus Huth housing ‘Daimler Contemporary’ art exhibition The splendour and vibrancy of those events attract international attention. Ward (2011) argues that those events, directed only towards small group of people involved in it, are reinforcing the social boundaries for Berliners rather than overcoming them. The Sony centre, in turn, an expensive investment into hard infrastructure without long-term resources to deliver the cultural content happening below, for which Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim museum in Bilbao is the most well-known example, is also regarded as a sign of locality-disregarding corporate marketing rather than long-lasting public life enhancer.
Second, the marketed 4 Stage 4: 2000– (Belonging) Fig. 2 The New Potsdamer map and building information 27 28 4 Stage 4: 2000– (Belonging) Fig. 3 Aerial view of Potsdamer Platz, 2000 Fig. 4 The new buildings by Diener + Diener, Arata Izosaki, David Chipperfield and Richard Rogers 4 Stage 4: 2000– (Belonging) 29 ‘vision’ of the project was chosen by a restricted group of city officials, business leaders and consultants, with little public involvement; the overall decision making as well as the subsequent implementation of the development plan was lacking transparency (Colomb 2012).
1). It is of no doubt that some of the buildings’ forms and materials and street patterns relate to its prewar state, but not to the extent that the group of traditionalists desired; and not to the point that today’s visitors and passers-by can reflect on. There is also little evidence where potential spaces are truly representing time and context in between 1930 and 1989—when and where legacies could have had respected by the deconstructionists. There are some small attempts of bringing that M.