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. 8th, 2019

Kick-off at UAUIM Bucharest:

The Totalitarian Past in the Danube Delta. Octav Bjoza, President of Association of former political prisoners in Romania


Kick-off at TU Wien:

Climate Efficient Constructions in the Danube Region. By Timo Blondiau The Lipovans. By Camillo Breiling


Oct. 9th to 10th!

Austrian students travel to Romania for study tour! Visit to Romanian Chamber of Architecture in Bucharest and student exhibition from VVITA

Oct. 10th, 2019

Travel to Tulcea, individual arrangements. Individual programs

Oct. 11th, 2019

Morning: 9:00-Visit to Danube Delta “DANUBE DELTA” NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, Planning Division, Dr. Edvard Bratfanov and colleagues, 165 Babadag street, Tulcea 820112, Romania http://ddni.ro/wps/contact_en/ - Projects of the Danube Delta National Institute Tulcea. - pics

Oct. 11th, 2019

Noon: Transfer Tulcea to Letea per boat. Continuation to Periprava for first study site visit.

Oct. 12th, 2019

Discussions with mayor of C. A. Rosetti municipality and involved stakeholders.


Constructing shelters in the Danube Region: location studies, study of natural materials

Oct. 13th, 2019

Walking from Letea to Sfistofca - Visit to Sulina

Oct. 14th, 2019

In depth visit of study site in Periprava, locating objects and investigating into possibilities for design proposals. Return from Periprava to Letea and continuation by boat to Tulcea. Overnight in Tulcea. pics

Oct. 15th, 2019

Transfer to Bucharest or stay in Tulcea with architect Dan E. Ivanov, Reedland Proiect. Introduction to architectural design projects in Tulcea county. Nature near construction in the Danube Region.

Oct. 16th, 2019

Transfer to Bucharest and to Ion Mincu University

Oct. 17th, 2019

Studio Day at Ion Mincu University. Initial design concepts from UAUIM students

Oct. 26th, 2019

Site visit of Oana and Toni with impressions from Periprava

Nov. 15th, 2019

Intermediate Presentation on designs and concepts TU Wien; comments, M. Breiling and resource person B. Willsberger, PA 9, Danube Region Strategy, pics

Overview Breiling Proposal Petra Ianu
Proposal Masayuki Fukui - film Proposal Kenya Yoneichi
Diary Field Trip Chervena and Rotariu Proposal Toni Chervenenka and Oana Rotariu
Proposal Plankensteiner Presentation PA9 Danube Region Strategy Willsberger

Dec. 13th, 2019

Presentation on designs and concepts TU Wien; comments, M. Breiling and resource person E. Slezak, PA 6, Danube Region Strategy, and ARGE Donauländer. Time: 14:00 to 17:00 at LANDSCAPE, Erzherzog Johann Platz 1/3, A-1040 Wien

Comments Breiling Update Petra Ianu - new
Update Masayuki Fukui Update Kenya Yoneichi
Update Toni Chervenka and Oana Rotariu Template for Joint Presentation by Oana Rotariu and Toni Chervenka
Update Michael Plankensteiner Presentation ARGE Donaulaender and PA6 Danube Region Strategy Szlezak


Final designs and concepts: web presentation of latest version of student works can be obtained here (most comprehensive).

January 2020

Final Petra Ianu Final Michael Plankensteiner
Final Masayuki Fukui + film Final Kenya Yoneichi
Final Toni Chervenka and Oana Rotariu

Jan., 2020


Booklet with Summaries of Project Proposals: kenya_yoneichi, masayuki_fukui, o-rotariu_t-cervenka Conference Poster Petra Ianu
Conference Poster Masayuki Fukui Conference Poster Kenya Yoneichi
Conference Poster Toni Chervenka and Oana Rotariu Conference Poster Michael Plankensteiner


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, Lower Austria, Apr. 21st to 22nd, 2020

October, 2020

Ninth Public Participation Forum of Danube Region Strategy, Zagreb, Croatia


Last Update: 24 January 2020