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Well Worth Seeing – What spaces should be reserved for culture?

Tourist attractions, spectacular architecture and flagships for the realm of art and culture; the opening of the Elbe Philharmonic Hall and the 20th anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao in 2017 mark an international trend – the enhancement of culture through spectacular architecture. Parallel to the “Elphi”, as the people of Hamburg have nicknamed their concert hall, numerous other outstanding cultural buildings have meanwhile come into being in Germany over the last decade. The idea behind it is to also promote the development of a city or a region. But has it paid off? And, what spaces should be reserved for culture today? addresses these questions with the help of: an interview with a graphic artist, background reports, data graphs, a video survey, an interactive journey through Germany and contributions from readers.

Spectacular Architecture - A radiant new look for culture

Beautiful, spectacular and expensive - cultural architecture is becoming more and more extravagant. This development can be observed worldwide. But why is it so and what effect do these new buildings have?

Checking up and digging deeper – is the “Elphi” the new face of Hamburg?

Since its opening in January 2017 the Elbe Philharmonic Hall has been celebrated as the new landmark of the Hanseatic city of Hamburg. But there have also been some critical voices. How spectacular is the “Elphi” really, and what do the people of Hamburg say?