Let´s build a european WELTWUNDER

Let´s turn BORDERS into CONNECTIONS

Let Europe have a new MARSHALL plan

the time of motorized individual traffic is over

Viva la republica federal de Europa!

Mobilität ist ein Menschenrecht.

The european Passport is your annual ticket.
Your annual ticket is your passport.

Il n’y a pas de besoin de l’avion jusqu’à 2000km.

Europe is a city.

Let’s travel through Europe – by train!

metropa - the european supermetro network

metropa is an art and peace project that shows Europe as an entity on multiple layers; it anticipates the idea of a pan-European metro network system that interconnects all of its citizens and visitors, regions and metropolitan areas – without the borders within.

metropa presents a european future where all ecological, economical, technical and political questions are answered and transformed into a viable comprehension of what could be, at times, the Federal Republic of Europe.

metropa is the junction of all of these topics: mobility, climate change awareness, European integration and migration. Its clear and simple imagery speaks to the people like a current map of any subway in any possible city in Europe. It makes people believe that it is already true. And the more people see it, the more the pressure grows on the people in charge – the EU, the companies, the heads of governments.

metropa is a vision of Europe as it could be in a few decades – an everyday graphic that shows Europe as a city, as a metropolis: usable by all, extensive and universal. And though we all know that it probably won’t look like this and that it will take some decades or more, metropa is designed as a vision and as a target of our efforts.

mobility is a fundamental human right, and metropa is the vehicle that carries the complex idea of the European unification process out of the meeting rooms of EU bureaucracy into the centre of pan-European society. And mind-travelling becomes the best way to open up the importance of Europe to people.

Europe needs a common myth. A narrative that unites all of us and whose benefits are clear to all. metropa is a glimpse into the everyday life of the future. Bringing this picture home to all Europeans, explaining it, discussing it, will get us the story that is necessary to anchor the European idea in consciousness and the subconscious.

Thus, metropa is a contribution to overcome the current crisis and to make Europe as we all want it: an open, strong continent that preserves its achievements and does not shy away from innovation. A continent in fruitful competition with others – an inspiration and fascination for its visitors – and pride of its inhabitants.

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metropa is a non-profit project with a growing number of fans, supporters and contributors. We see the whole project and our commitment to it as a contribution to an open discussion about Europe and its future. Though non-profit, this enterprise costs a lot of time and a little money, too.
So if you want to support us in our work, you can

write us an email for the mailing list,
• install a metropa-branch in your city,
buy a product,
• donate to the account of our association (see legal notice)

and of course everything together. We're looking forward for your help!

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"metropa – a network of hope"

– Gerhard Matzig, Suedeutsche Zeitung, Munich/Germany –

"metropa is an exciting and eloquent project in which Baukultur is in demand as an immaterial and infrastructural link."

– Reiner Nagel, CEO of the Bundesstiftung Baukultur, Potsdam/Germany –

"Metropa – the vision of a European superfast train network acts on both the body and soul."

– Jörg Metelmann, cultural scientist at the University of St. Gallen/Switzerland –

"the idea of metropa is stronger than the idleness of those in power – it is a look into the future of Europe, into our future."

– Enzo Vialli, publicist, Milan/Italy –

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Simona Strabbioli says...

connecting networks .... far more brilliant than building walls.

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This the absolutely rigeht thing to think about and to do!

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Brandt Mathias says...

Good move ahead with positive vision. Cooperation instead of nationalisation

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Julez says...

Kommentar 7/7: (Grüne) Gegner

Normalerweise sind gegen solche Projekte eher konservativ-provinziell-kleingeistige-geizige Kräfte sowie Liberale, die staatliche Förderungen, auf die so ein Projekt angewiesen wäre, ablehnen. Aber unter den Ökos ist eine gewisse Fortschrittsfeindlichkeit verbreitet (auch gegen Gentechnik, Impfungen und Atomkraft; sie mögen lieber Globuli). Schon vor über 10 Jahren haben die Grünen in Deutschland gegen den Transrapid gesprochen. Das Aus in München und zw. Berlin-Hamburg gefordert. Internationale Strecken haben die Grünen lapidar abgewunken mit dem Verweis „dass es doch schon Flugzeuge gibt“- welch eine Ironie. Und in Norditalien demonstrieren Grüne gegen die Schnellbahnstrecke von Turin nach Lyon. Leider haben Großprojekte immer nur wenige Freunde.

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Kommentar 6/7: Wirtschaftlichkeit

Metropa soll ja im Prinzip dem Flugverkehr Konkurrenz machen und eine auf strombasierte Technologie soll die fliegenden Spritfresser, aka CO2-Schleudern, ersetzen. Auf Kurzstrecke stellen schon ICE/TGV-artige Schnellbahnen Alternativen zum Flugverkehr dar. Auf längerer Distanz kann das nur ein Transrapid/Hyperloop-System zeitlich leisten. Insbesondere bei weniger dicht besiedelten und bergigen Gebieten wie dem Balkan kann die Infrastruktur bei zu erwartender geringer Auslastung aber übertrieben sein. Hier muss wirklich verglichen werden, ob nicht kleine elektrische Flugzeuge, oder mit H2 bzw. e-Kerosin betriebene Flugzeuge, die auch klimaneutral wären, deutlich günstiger sind (inkl. der Industrieparks zur Herstellung der e-Fuels).

campaigns/reviews

October 2020

#01
metropa is part of the online exhibition "Net works". Enter here the exhibition rooms.

September 2020

#01
Together with 200 young people at the Brandenburger Jugendkulturtage in Blossin/Germany we put into action the campaign "Postcards for Brussels" which you will be hearing from very soon, hopefully.

#02
metropa in the FALTER (Vienna), 23.9.2020 (preview)

"If Europe was a gigantic metropole…"

September 2020

#03
Since September, metropa posters and postcards are available in every book store, published by Freitag&Berndt/Vienna.

A1 posters: ISBN 978-3-7079-1911-0
A2 posters: ISBN 978-3-7079-1880-9
postcards:   ISBN 978-3-7079-1879-3

August 2020

#01
first public viewing on a white wall in Landlmühle/Bavaria at the "3 Tage – 4 Filme"-Festival of the Kulturklub Rosenheim. First we showcased our backdrop-animation (which you can see also on this website), then for the rest of the evening we switched to the classical picture.

#02
An interview for the Visionaries-Videoblog by Leodreams about our vision of metropa:

July 2020

Article (in German) in the PrivatBahn-Magazin, an international b2b mag for railway transportation and traffic (by Dennis Tesch):

June 2020

#01
We are proud to have an interview in the FuturZwei-Magazine! With a postcard in every copy…

#02
Here's a short but enthousiastic article about metropa by Derek Scally in the Irish Times. Right next to Donald and Kurt's guitar on sale.

#03
And here is yet another great article at the Fairplanet online magazine:

May 2020

An article in the german "good-news"-paper newslichter:

"Die Welt braucht gerade jetzt kühne Visionen, wenn unsere Welt besser werden soll. Beim Stichwort Mobilität ist das Projekt Metropa – ein europaweites Schnellbahn-Streckennetz – so eines."

April 2020

#01
At the end of the month, another Italian magazine published something about metropa – no, metropa itself: as a centrefold for the Kids Mag Internazionale KIDS!

#02
Mid April, metropa finally made it to instagram. Another platform to connect with people.

March 2020

#01
March, 7th
metropa on the "Großformat" in the renowned Sueddeutsche Zeitung:

Amazing feedback, great reach. Thank you!

here is Gerhard Matzig's text in English (abridged).

#02
March, 13th – the day when supermarkets ran out of toilet paper:
The Berlin based multilingual online newspaper Berlin89 published this article by Salvatore Trapani:

December 2019

#01
Through an unknown linkedIn-post, metropa arrived on numerous social-media pages and went viral:

3500 views, hundreds of comments.

#02
Vienna's vice-mayor Birgit Hebein posted on facebook on Dec, 12:

4000 views, 950 likes, 360 shares, 160 comments

#03
some days later, another friend sent us a PM saying that metropa «is now reddit-famous»:

1000 comments, 11k views, millions of ideas.

earlier

#01
On twitter, metropa has already been widely discussed through Ulrike Guérots post since October 16th, 2018.

#02
In the Summer 2019, she also asked if she could use the metropa-picture for her new book, "What is the Nation?" ("Was ist die Nation?, Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, 2019).

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