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MFT VIENNA & BRATISLAVA

Different cities, different challenges

METROPOLITAN FIELD TRIP VIENNA AND BRATISLAVA WANTED: CREATIVE BUREAUCRATS ‘We are living in a well-tempered, well-functioning welfare city, where activism becomes redundant’, say the Viennese. ‘We have to fight for basic structures in the municipality that would represent the needs of this city’, is the tenor amongst City Makers in Bratislava. The Metropolitan Field Trip between the 17th and 20th of November was an exploration of urban life and active citizens in Vienna and Bratislava. While meeting different people, initiatives and districts one can feel like a little boat in a storm of perspectives. Yet, especially the contrast of these two cities helped to understand the different challenges and stages of city development.

Economically speaking, Bratislava is the most important area of Slovakia. Despite its often rundown appearance, it is not a poor city. It is a massively privatised one - 95% of the real estate and ground is in private hands. Alongside comes something that could be expressed by ‘private wealth, public poverty’. There is a lack of responsibility to invest into the maintenance and visual quality of the city environment. >>

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