On the 12th and the 13th of December, 19 students from “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism that were selected to be a part of the second phase of “BRAILA LABORATORY- Alternative approaches to urban peripheries within a shrinking city” B-LAB Project, visited and explored the city of Brăila. They have investigated peripheral areas and marginal sites from a geographical and topological point of view, but also regarding the quality of the public space and urban life. They explored old industrial factories, abandoned or purely used, city neighborhoods with a rural structure, the tram barn, Monument Park, the limit of Promex industrial site and parts of Danube waterfront. Here, a discussion emerged near the pavilion structure – the elevated garage, near Violatos Mill, that has just become (unedited, unplanned, and temporary) a signal structure for the Info and Visiting Point for the Administration of the Balta Mică a Brăilei National Park.
Brăila City Hall was an active and useful guide on this exploratory visit through Marian Ion, Brăila’s chief architect. Also, the second day, the students and the teachers met with the city mayor, PhD Eng. Aurel Gabriel Simionescu, moment when it was underlined the municipality expectation regarding the urban evolution, and the integrated use of its development potential.
The visit ended with a synthetic discussion of first impressions, good places, and possible intervention sites into the city.