When I arrived at the airport of Istanbul I was utterly surprised to have to obtain a visa to get in. In my (maybe naïve) sincere thoughts Turkey is already a part of the EU. After spending some days there I was very confused, sometimes it really does feel like Europe and sometimes totally not. My confusion could be matched with the outcomes of the SEISMIC inaugural meeting in Istanbul. The main issues were: overpopulation, an abundance of cars, badly treated street artists, energy issues, a lack of green, governmental freedom and freedom for women. Quite heavy issues if you ask me.
The Seismic inaugural meeting in Budapest was of a short time span due to the amount of participants, but that did not make it less intensive and moved. So the sketch artists and myself had lots of time to speak to people in the streets of Budapest. This delivered a very good mix of ideas and opinions of both policy makers and residents of Budapest. The issues that popped up most were a lack of places for encounter. Community centres, social public spaces and multi purpose spaces were created in many forms. And the people we spoke, the public transport in Budapest leaves much to be desired. So let’s see what creative solutions were found!
According to my fellow countrymen the Dutch are selfish, over governed and we plan everything to forced. The participants of the Dutch SEISMIC inaugural meeting and the students and other citizens from Amersfoort, where the meeting took place, pretty much agreed on what changes should be made. And to be honest…. I agree with them.
Sweden is a wide country with lots of space, that’s at least what most Europeans think. According to the participants of the inaugural SEISMIC meeting in Stockholm cities in Sweden can always do better. The cities are packed, there is no public life in the periphery, there are traffic issues and the subject that popped up most during the SEISMIC meeting was the over controlled public space: Sweden get messy and let spontaneous things happen in public space!
The future of Rome and Italy seen by the participants of the inaugural meeting has more community sense, a pleasant public space and a helluva lot more and efficient public transport. But where does that leave unemployment, poverty and clean public space? Italians: start to take action instead of creating models!