19 Oct 2015

How to intensify the urban relation to the Danube through the installation of 15 play structures.

Author: Wei-Hsiang Tseng

15 play structures


At the urban scale, one could say that public space plays a vital role in underpinning the ecology of the city. In Braila however, the availability and quality of such space lies underdeveloped, with the Danube waterfront being a primary example. The waterfront forms a significantly large area
that is well positioned to serve as the city’s gateway to the river and become it’s main civic space yet currently large portions of it are abandoned, under maintained, occupied by squatters or not easily accessible. Given it’s large scale, a significant makeover is considered unreasonable given the
current economic and political climate. In response, this project aims to activate and reclaim key areas of the waterfront through targeted, small scale and low-cost constructions.

The proposal consists of a series of 15 play structures that plug-in to existing micro-situations that offer the possibility for symbiotic relationships. Each play structure reinforces and strengthens their host situation through new activities while simultaneously benefiting from the spatial and
programmatic particularities of each site. Individually the various play structures activate their immediate contexts while together they form a series of diverse experiences that redefine the city’s relationship to it’s waterfront.

Braila Parasitisim

Parisitism appears to be an active mechanism that keeps Braila and many of it’s civic spaces alive and thriving. It could be said that many small-sccale, minimal actions address the needs of their immediate ocntexts, yet when considered together, they come to form a large scale presence and impact on the quality of public space in the city.

Given this reality, the project takes Braila parasitism as it’s point of departure for developing ways to reactivate the Danube waterfront – the city’s most significant public space yet currrently underudeveloped and underused.

at or to one side of, beside, side by side,beyond, past, by
– site
to locate, place, or install (something) in a specific place

the name parasite initially designated temple assistants who, according to W. Geoffrey Arnott,

received free food and meals in return for services like that of the selection of the sacred grain for use in particular festivals

spontaneous generation – some animals come into being from animals whose natural form is of the same kind as their own; others spontaneously and not from animals of the same kind as themselves: and the latter are subdivided into

(a) those which arise out of putrefying earth and plants, which is the case with many of the Insects

(b) those which arise inside animals themselves out of the residues in their parts.

Gullestad, Anders M. (2011) Parasite. Political Concepts : A Critical Lexicon



adapt to the possibility / restriction on site

Ambiguity / Txemporality

co-exisitng programmes
Different uses in Different time

pedestrain / platform

pedestrain / platform

park / platform

park / platform



Reclaim / Redefine Public Space
Diversity in Danube Waterfront


Reconceptualising the parasite

Parasites are also important factors in the continual evolution of their hosts who equally has to adapt to their adaptations (and vice versa), a phenomenon known as host-parasite coevolution this important role of foreign bodies in causing the systems they are introduced into to evolve, thereby allowing us to see that nonhuman parasites actually bring a very important contribution to the table of the host, instead of simply take without giving anything in return: The parasite is an exciter. Far from transforming a system, changing its nature, its form, its elements, its relations and its pathways the parasite makes it change states differentially. It inclines it. It makes the equilibrium of the energetic distribution fluctuate. It dopes it. It irritates it. It inflames it. Often this inclination has no effect. But it can produce gigantic ones by chain reactions or reproduction.

Gullestad, Anders M. (2011) Parasite. Political Concepts : A Critical Lexico

Reconceptualising the parasite on the Danube waterfront

key map (A1)