TU Wien 260.577 -

Ultima Frontiera - the Ultimate Border - die aeusserste Grenze

Periprava/Danube Delta

(Design Studio - Kleines Entwerfen)


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Short Introduction: "Ultima Frontiera"
Extended Introduction: "Ultima Frontiera"
"Ultima Frontiera" (ultimate border) is the name of an eco-tourism hotel in Periprava village, C. A. Rosetti municipality and Tulcea county at the very end of the Danube Delta and is situated just next to the Ukrainian border in the Danube Delta. The complex of Ultima Frontiera covers an area of 10,000 ha and is not openly accessible. After the breakdown of the communist system, the complex was bought by a foreigner. A grim history inherits the place. During the 1950ies the place where we find today a comparatively elevated tourism was once a work camp for political prisoners. Their main objective was to dig canals in the area of Periprava and to prepare the infrastructure to allow an economic development. The conditions were brutal and harsh and several thousand political prisoners lost their life during this venture. A few survivors of the National Association of Former Political Prisoners are still alive and can tell their stories and on the fate of their miserable colleagues that were killed and who never returned from the Danube Delta. We plan to commemorate these people by establishing memorials at different spots in the landscape and unify these memorials in a prisoner trail.

For long time the hotel "Ultima Frontiera" did not openly promote its history. Tourists coming to stay in the hotel seldom have in depth knowledge on the history of their place. This should change in the future by exposing tourists and visitors to a chain of locations with prisoner histories. Similar to a bird watching tour these sights should become visible. Participating students should help to exemplify on how personal histories of prisoners could be expressed in the surrounding landscape and use the ruins of barracks or other reminders of the work camp to design artworks, small constructions or simple memorials inspired by nature to commemorate the history. Some 20 architect students from TU Wien in co-operation with their colleagues from University of Architecture and Urbanism Ion Mincu will be invited to contribute to this venture and are expected to produce design concepts or research reports on particular aspects of the overall theme.

Beside the National Romanian Association of Political Prisoners, several stakeholders and supporters like the representatives of the local communities and in particular the resident minorities of Russians (Lipovans) and Ukrainians (Hohols), the owners of the current tourist complex Ultima Frontiera, will be invited to actively participate. The mayors and political representatives of the concerned municipalities and county, representatives of the Danube Delta Biosphere Administration, scientific institutes like the Danube Delta National Institute, Danube Delta tourism association, international representatives of the Danube Region Strategy (EUSDR) and representatives of the working groups, the Working Community of the Danube Countries (ARGE Donauländer) including governments of Lower Austria and Vienna will be invited to contribute to the program as resource persons.
Interested students of TU Wien are invited to write a one page "expression of interest" and send it to meinhard.breiling@tuwien.ac.at at the earliest convenience. Ten to 15 students from TU Wien will get the possibility to join the course. The estimated costs to participate in the study tour are € 650.- (or perhaps less, depending on sponsorship available. This amount should cover: flight to Bukarest, transport to Tulcea in the Danube Delta, transfer by boat to Periprava and local accomodation in C. A. Rosetti Municipality.

Students of UAUIM follow this plan elaborated by M. Voica . ERASMUS and international students of TU Wien and UAUIM are invited to register via the two universities.


Course Schedule

Sept. 19th, 2019
12:00 to 12:05,

Short Presentation of course to students of Faculty of Architecture and Planning at TU Wien, HS 7 TU Wien

Oct. 3rd, 2019

Last Day to write a motivation letter if places are still available!

Oct. 4th, 2019

At 13:00: Latest date of notice of acceptance or rejection.
At 14:00: Informal meeting with regard to travel arrangements at Landscape, Erzherzog Johann Platz 1/3, A-1040 Wien

Oct. 8th, 2019

Kick-off at TU Wien (with members of ARGE Donauländer and others), Erzherzog Johann Platz 1, Seminarraum Dachgeschoss, Erzherzog Johann Platz 1/5, 14:00 bis 17:00,

Oct. 9th to 10th!

Travel to Romania for Study Tour


The accomodation until Oct. 11th has to be booked individually!

Oct. 10th, 2019

Possibility to attent introductory workshop at UAUIM in Bukarest and/or travel to Tulcea, individual arrangements, by plane, train and bus.

Oct. 11th, 2019

Morning: 9:00-10:30, Visit to Danube Delta Biosphere Administration Meeting at 8:50 at Str. PORTULUI Nr. 34A, Tulcea, Romania - 820243 http://www.ddbra.ro/en/danube-delta-biosphere-reserve/danube-delta
10:45-12:15, Visit to Danube Delta “DANUBE DELTA” NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, Planning Division, Dr. Iulian Nichersu, 165 Babadag street, Tulcea 820112, Romania

Oct. 11th, 2019

Afternoon: 13:00 Transfer Tulcea to Periprava; Boat trip!


The accomodation from Oct. 11th to Oct. 15th in C.A.Rosetti Municipality will be organized. Accomodation until Oct. 11th or from Oct. 15th has to be booked individually

Oct. 12th, 2019

Field trip Periprava, location studies, discussion with owners of hotel

Oct. 13th, 2019

Field trip Danube Delta, Letea, Sfistofca

Oct. 14th, 2019

Discussions with mayor in C. A. Rosetti and stakeholders, presentation of ad hoc ideas, sketches

Oct. 15th, 2019

Transfer Periprava to Bucharest


The accomodation from Oct. 15th until Oct. 16th or Oct. 17th has to be booked individually!

Oct. 16th, 2019

Transfer to Austria and/or Visit to Ion Mincu University and Bucharest Old Town.

Oct. 17th, 2019

Transfer to Austria and/or Visit to Ion Mincu University and Bucharest Old Town.

Nov. 15th, 2019

Intermediate Presentation on designs and concepts; comments, M. Breiling and resource persons, TU Wien

Dec. 13th, 2019

Final designs and concepts; comments M. Breiling and resource persons, TU Wien

Jan. 10th, 2020

Latest delivery of course output!

Jan. 15th, 2020

Zeugnis/Certificate based on final delivery

Outstanding Works will be published in: Academic Journal & Research Center for Vernacular Architecture http://csav.ro/
Public presentations!

April, 2020

Public Presention at 27th Conference of the Danube Region Countries in Tulln, NÖ, Apr. 21st to 22nd, 2020

June, 2020

Ninth Public Participation Forum of Danube Region Strategy, Zagreb


Last Update: September 22nd, 2019