Tatort – Grenzfall

Austria, history

The latest episode the Austrian TV-crimi series Tatort is dealing with murder of an Austrian citizen on Czechoslovak border in the 1960s, based on a true story – and tracing out unexpected connections…


(video and description in German)

Where do the borders disappear?


Iris Andraschek, Hubert Lobnig (2009) – Wo verschwinden die Grenzen? Kam mizí hranice?

The installation by Iris Andraschek and Hubert Lobnig Hubert Lobnig on the border pass Fratres/Slavonice originally done in 2009 and its further stage now opens the debate on how the borders have changed.

Regionskonzept OST (1993)


Regionskonzept OST (1993): Grünraumvernetzung im Raum Wien-Preßburg zwischen Donau-Auen und Neusiedler See

Authors: Institut für Landschaftsplanung und Gartenkunst der Technischen Universität Wien, o.Univ. Prof- Dr–Ing. Ralph Galzer

Planungsgemeinschaft Ost, Wien, Juni 1993

A few scans from this book which can be borrowed from the Viennese University Library, proposing few scenarios for further development. Good to compare with BAUM Project.

Seiichi Furuya: Staatsgrenze


On 4 July 1982, polish refugees—an agricultural pilot, his wife, and his daughter—landed near Vienna in a helicopter. A thunderstorm and low-altitude flying while crossing over the CSSR made their adventure possible. Langenzersdorf, 1982 image by Seiichi Furuya

In 1980, Dlubač Milan, a twenty-two-year-old Czech, attempted to swim across the swollen Morava River, which he succeeded in doing at the cost of his life. Marchegg, 1981 image by Seiichi Furuya


Austria borders on seven foreign countries:
the Federal Republic of Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein representing most diverse political systems: countries of the so-called Eastern Bloc, one non-aligned state, the NATO countries, a neutral state and a principality.

Artificially drawn political borders have always played an important role for mankind and probably will continue to do so as long as man exists. Such borders, I believe, will only lose their importance when common defense against an extraterrestrial enemy is called for.

The 1640-mile-long Austrian border is far less brutal than, for example, the Berlin border, where a concrete wall cruelly cuts a city in half. It is even beautiful, romantic, inconspicuous, but in this quiet landscape one feels the silent, sad facts more than in Berlin.

On my trips along the border I have tried to find places where there have been tragic incidences, and to find out personal stories to give myself a chance to think about the “border” phenomenon.

Seiichi Furuya, 1983

Check the the project online or see it in as a book recently published by Spector Books
What kind of impact does it create to publish ‘border projects’ from the 80s in the 2010s?
Does the distance of time create also the distance of memories?

Mayor of Wolfsthal speaks Slovak


aktualne.atlas.sk: Aren’t you afraid that Wolfsthal will change to a Slovak village – that there will be more Slovaks than Austrians?

Gerhard Schödinger: Not at all. Firstly, we are not planning any further big development projects, secondly, the citizenship state in one’s passport is of second-range importance to me. People living here are simply Wolfsthal people to me and therefore members of the community.

I always tell the skeptics that we all have the same visions on how to live well. So where’s the problem? And according to this rule we behave in Wolfsthal and building the infrastructure testifies this. We’re glad that life came to the community together with young families.


An interview with Wolfsthal’s mayor Gerhard Schödinger about Wolfsthal’s development, its focus on middle class and young families, about relationship to Bratislava or Vienna and about details of cooperation between villages and city parts.

Read more in Slovak: http://aktualne.atlas.sk/starosta-wolfstahlu-slovakom-sme-povedali-aby-sa-zdravili/slovensko/spolocnost/

BAUM Project – strategy of development for Bratislava and neighboring region


BAUM (BratislavA Umland Management) is a project of transborder cooperation between Bratislava and neighboring Austrian villages. Its aim is to coordinate the urbanistic plan of Bratislava, its city parts and Austrian villages and towns.
The project has been running since 2011. Part of the larger public discussion had been the eventual building of hydropower plant in the region and a pipeline. One of the most recent outputs is Urbanistic study of development of border parts of Bratislava and neighboring villages. Bratislava as being the main partner of the project organizes a public discussion on the results of architectural competition for this study until July 25th.

As a part of it, the citizens can attend a public meeting on July 7th at 6 pm in the Mirror Hall of Primatial Palace in Bratislava. 

Read more about the project (in Slovak and German)