Ted Happold and the engineers collaborating with Frei Otto went on to establish the firm BuroHappold Engineering. In the years to come the Multihalle remained a role model for designing similar gridshells including the Japanese Pavilion at the EXPO 2000 and the Weald and Downland Museum in England. The community of Mannheim is now desperately trying to save the Mannheim Multihalle, which is in dire need of refurbishment. Due to the building’s underutilisation it is proving difficult to justify the acquisition of necessary funding. In the coming weeks BuroHappold is campaigning for preserving this architectural icon, including talks with students at the University of Stuttgart and a public discussion, which will be attended by some of the original project team members in Aedes Gallery in Berlin, Germany.