Swim Fan: Public Space in the River

Amanda Burden's High Line has elevated public space to new heights. "+Pool" design trio want to submerge it under water, specifically in the East River that runs through NYC.

Dong-Ping Wong, Archie Lee Coates IV, and Jeffrey Franklin envision an enormous, floating public pool shaped like a plus symbol (hence its name, +Pool) in the Manhattan riverbank.

The proposal is well received by the public. Their immediate hurdle now is raising capital. "In order to build a full-scale mock-up of the pool [...] the project will need $500,000 in funding and that may require a corporate sponsor or the city's support," writes Cheryl Yau for Metropolis magazine. But the project is off to a good start. In less than a week after its campaign with Kickstarter, +Pool crossed the $25,000 benchmark.

"While +Pool isn't a restoration project like the High Line, it seems to be attracting just as much public interest, and will contribute in a similar way to the growing development of New York's waterfront," Yau observes.

Full Story: +Pool

Comments

Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

New! 4th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs just released.
Starting at $24.95

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $209

Wear your city with style!

100% silk scarves feature detailed city maps. Choose from six cities with red or blue trim.
$55.00
Book cover of Unsprawl

Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places

Explore visionary, controversial and ultimately successful strategies for building people-centered places.
Starting at $12.95