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!

[animation made by Brandstaetter Foundation/www.brandstaetter-foundation.com]

In post-Corona times, Europe needs a new economic stimulus plan. One that not only helps to improve the economic situation as such, but one which looks forward into the future of ecological responsibility and European integration.

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, and turns them into admirers.

METROPA operates in a future where all ecological, economical, technical and political questions are answered and transformed into a viable comprehension of what could be, at times, the United States of Europe.

METROPA has become a junction of all of these topics, including 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 pressure grows on the people in charge – the EU, the companies, the heads of governments.

The idea of a coherent pan-European railway network is obvious, and the already existing one is comprehensive and proven. But its operational system based on nationally organized state railways makes it impossible to perceive it as a united entity – thus, it is reduced in its effect.

METROPA is a vision of Europe as it could be in a few decades, broken down to 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.

METROPA is a vehicle that focuses on mobility, as a fundamental human right, to carry the complex idea of the European unification process out of the meeting rooms and statutes of EU bureaucracy and into the centre of pan-European society. That is because mind-travelling is the best way to open up the importance of Europe to people.

What Europe needs most is 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 everyday 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 other global metropolitan areas, inspiration and fascination for its visitors – and pride of its inhabitants.

Today, as we're facing the threat of an unknown virus with all of its implications, such as the destruction of our economies and growing nationalism, we need a new "Marshall Plan" (U. v.d. Leyen, president of the EU Commission on April, 5th 2020).

Voilà.

Europa physisch mit Linien
physical map of Europe with lines
(©Freytag&Berndt)

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Mazen says...

Why are Damascus and Tel Aviv included but not Beirut -Lebanon?

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metropa says...

Hi Mazen,

you're perfectly right, it would be easy to draw the line from Aleppo to Beirut first and then go to Damascus, but we decided to leave it the straight way coming down from north and make a nice curve to terminate in Tel Aviv. There's no political backthought or a matter of importance behind. It's an open discussion, we had many of these concerning different geographical and political decisions, some of these ended in changing the design, some not.

Thanks and cheers,

the metropa team

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J Kennedy says...

Superb idea. Let’s make it happen.

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Philipp says...

So eine super Seite, wirklich toll! Ich bin der größte metropa Fan.

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We have been working on metropa for 10 years now. We took slow and small steps, historically walking over the Financial Crisis, Arab Spring, the War in Syria, the Refugee Crisis, the rise of right-wing populism. We printed posters and postcards as giveaway presents, then switched to offline-sales in three shops in Vienna. Still giving it to «multiplicators», politicians, culture officials, etc.

Things rapidly changed in 2019 with a book and some tweets by Ulrike Guérot: METROPA reached a growing crowd of people, sharing it, liking it, and discussing it.
See here what happened then:

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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