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.

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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, as we all want it to be. Though non-profit, this enterprise costs a lot of time and a little money, too.
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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 a 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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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).

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Kommentar 5/7: Streckenanschlüsse

Das Thema welche Städte nun angeschlossen werden ist sehr schwierig. Grundsätzlich soll das Augenmerk auf Millionen-Metropolregionen gehen. Teilweise auch Städte mit 300.-600.000 Einwohnern. Weniger als 300.000 sollte nur eine Rolle spielen, wenn sie zufällig auf dem Weg liegen. Allgemein wird das aber ein großer Zankapfel. Viele kleinere 50.-200.000er Kommunen werden sich gerne an diesem Netz sehen wollen. Bei einer ICE/TGV-artiger Technik kann das vlt. noch sinnvoll sein. Bei einem Transrapid-Netz mit extra Infrastruktur sollte auf die wichtigsten Städte geachtet werden.

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Kommentar 4/7: Technik

Ich gehe davon aus, dass das Netz eine Mischung aus herkömmlichen TGV-artigen Schnellbahnen sowie Transrapiden und Hyperloopen gedacht ist. Bei einer zusätzlichen Infrastruktur kann diese auch gleich genutzt werden um die Kupferplatte Europas zu verbessern (einfach Kabel neben die Röhre; Stromnetz wichtig für effiziente Umleitung fluktuierender erneuerbarer Energien wie Sonne und Wind). Eine Fahrt von Istanbul bis Westeuropa wäre mit 400+ km/h wohl in 7 h schaffbar. 300 km/h TGV-artig wäre fast schon zu langsam.

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Kommentar 3/7: Utopie

Schön finde ich wirklich wie weit das Netz gedacht wurde, dass sogar Moskau und Istanbul angeschlossen wurden, ein Wiederaufleben des Orientexpresses (und wohl weiter nach Bagdad?) und ein schneller Anschluss von Mitteleuropa zur transsibirischen Eisenbahn (und diese als Hyperloop bis nach Peking?) Und wenn man schon in Tunis und Tel Aviv ist, kann man diese auch noch über Kairo-Alexandria-Bengasi-Tripolis miteinander verbinden. Schön dass hier auch jenseits der Konflikte und Kriege gedacht wurde. Heute ist es leider sogar recht schwer ins Nachbarland mit dem Zug zu kommen.

campaigns

September 2020

#1
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.

August 2020

#1
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.

#2
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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Also called Verein zur Erhaltung des guten Tons, it is the roof organization of METROPA, Friedensbim/Peace Tram and the studio77: A couple of people working together in several projects like music production, event organization and political intervention.

Friedensbim / Peace Tram

The Friedensbim/Peace Tram, founded in 2014, is a once-a-year event in Vienna with a tramway circling around the Ringstraße, filled with music, arts, lectures and much more. Through the years, it has gathered an enormous fanbase of supporters and artists, all of them working for the idea of peaceful coexistence based on understanding and sharing a creative space. And maybe it draws its circles in other cities too, wherever there are tramways…

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In online terms, this is the website of Stefan Frankenberger’s personal creative projects such as music, literature, politics and art.
Offline, it is the location where the Verein is based and where its projects – for example the Session77 – take place. It is filled with instruments, recording gear and a great atmosphere for any creative process.

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