January 22, 2022

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Dis on the roof of the Nevi . Station

I had one of the scariest experiences this fall in Bratislava.

I went to the roof of the new shopping center Stanica Nivy, looked at the city from a new perspective. I wondered how much violence we would have been willing to do on this planet to plant some trees and shrubs on the roof of the mall, irrigate and maintain everything, and the garden would be enough to land naturally, without all these problems, but it’s no longer possible.

In it, I realized the loud singing of birds. Their singing was unnatural and continuous. As I walked, he turned away, then approached again impatiently. Then he realized it was fake. A shiver ran down my spine, terrified: Is this one of the inconspicuous turning points in my life? Will I gradually hear the birds sing more and more and less and less than the real ones?

I’m on the roof of a giant unnecessary concrete parabolic, the construction of which (like any other) is a heavy environmental burden, I’m on the roof of a huge parking house with 2500 parking spaces, where there are unnecessary goods from all over the world weighing up to 100,000 meters A box of unnecessary stores. , a large part of it is discarded or burned, and for the people to go to this Parasipi, they will make an imaginary amusement park on the roof as bait, with tremendous strain, because the live birds will not sing here, we have annihilated them, and if they are not, these buildings only contribute to their identification of recordings.

It is certainly amazing that HB Reavis, as a Slovak company, can build such a wonderful building. It is a pity that all the arts and skills of the local people embody a huge and useless mall instead of a new hospital, railway station, university, opera or gallery. Nivy in a climate crisis, in 2021, when fires and floods swept the planet, seems to me an expression of incredible ignorance.

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But what I’m wondering is that banks lend money, and developers are betting if an institution doesn’t bother them with unnecessary ideas about a city where something other than shopping is done.

I’m writing about this because today, for some reason, I was looking at reviews of the new mall. Visitors usually give five out of five stars. “The new station of the Neva complex can be the envy of the world,” one of them wrote on Google Maps. We’d all burn here, but the new mall, interchangeable with any other mall in the world, would envy us.

The media wrote and the audience was delighted that a “new bus station” had finally opened (the fact is that a luxurious new bus station is standing next to it, but there is no shopping center, so it is useless for the developer) with a market, a rooftop garden, a windmill, charging stations for electric cars, a tower Bicycles, and a vertical garden (add anything from the catalog of cheap green laundry), just as the developer dictated them, the same guy who had to close and demolish a huge office complex ten years later and get the new construction ready (huge environmental burden) because it would fall on users’ heads, but he didn’t mention it Nowhere, because it was not mentioned in the developer’s press release.

New shopping centers open not only at the expense of streets, but also at the expense of other shopping centers. It’s a business of extracting money from people who are always focused on the most up-to-date concrete bait. Aupark has sold one of the world’s largest mall operators, Rodamco-Westfield, to a local real estate agency in Bratislava after announcing the opening of Nív and the expansion of Eurovei. Aupark is no longer very interesting to international investors, and no one is expected to pay to operate it. New centers open at the expense of the old, at the cost of the worst conditions of all.

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The streets of some cities are lively, Bratislava is gray and crowded, choked with a series of shopping centers that close shop and fill the roads with cars. From the first built bullseye (36 thousand m2 of retail space) 1.6 km to the center (39 thousand m2). It is located 1.6 km from the center to the New Floodplain (100,000 m2), and the floodplain 1 km from Eurovea (85,000 m2). From Eurovei it is 2 km from the Aupark (60,000 m²). Imagine the life of these containers seeped into the surrounding streets.

These distances mean that in Bratislava you only need to walk 15 minutes, a maximum of 20 minutes to get to a large shopping center. But why are you walking somewhere? The sidewalks are unimportant, they are broken, loose, cars are falling in the rain, or you have to watch them roll for 90 seconds, and you, as pedestrians, wait, pass through the broken roofs, unmaintained corners, detritus. It doesn’t matter, it’s not a problem, behind the wheel it’s a smooth ride between shopping malls, offices and apartment.

Maybe an opportunity – Bratislava could shine as a city where all commerce is cursed in concrete chests and could try to build an amazing non-commercial public space around these chests, which it’s not in other cities, because it was largely created by trade.

But rather the Neva Station will be a souvenir of ignorance, when we build the old version of consumption, when it is clear that it will most likely destroy us all, and at the same time it will be an ark where the masses will be able to pass the time when the temperature is 40 degrees outside. It wouldn’t be possible to endure the streets of Vienna, perhaps the glowing Bratislava with its series of air-conditioned containers then.

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If we haven’t all burned out by then, even for those malls.

Next: Expansion of the Eurovia shopping center next to the Neve station to 100,000 square metres. Principal tenant: one of Primark’s most reckless fast fashion chains.