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Floating Pool
Floating Pool

Jonathan Kirschenfeld Architects is reintroducing a floating pool to New York City. At the turn of the previous century, we are told, the city “had as many as 15 floating bathhouses moored along the East and Hudson rivers. These floating bathhouses were tied up to existing piers during the summer, usually near the tenement districts and provided an opportunity for the public not only to bathe, but to learn to swim.”

Floating Pool

Once completed it “will be towed to its designated waterfront site, which might vary from summer to summer. Acting as a kind of 'migrating recreation pier', the pool would serve neighborhoods which would otherwise lack direct access to public pool facilities.”

Floating Pool

Floating Pool

Floating Pool

Next on the production line: a floating oxygen greenhouse for those neighborhoods without direct access to clean air. Also: for those without direct access to clean drinking water, a floating river.
  • e-tat
  • September 30, 2006 at 2:12:00 PM CDT
  • Hello! and nice to see a return to form! For some reason my RSS reader isn't catching the new posts. It seems that you're not on the new Blogger beta - which breaks the RSS feed - so I'm puzzled a bit over what's causing the delay.

    Aside from that, what's the word?

  • Alexander Trevi
  • September 30, 2006 at 3:37:00 PM CDT
  • I'll investigate. And what's this beta thing. I'll investigate this as well. Though I suspect everything will realign itself, and all will be back to normal in no time. Meanwhile, I'm out of sort with Blogger and blogging, so let me reorient myself.

  • e-tat
  • September 30, 2006 at 7:46:00 PM CDT
  • My (Sage) feedreader has now registered the last 3 posts. Perhaps it needed priming...

    About Blogger beta. There are changes in the works and Blogger have decided to release a work-in-progress. I recomment that you dn not switch over just yet. It does things like force people to register with Google/Blogger to view the blog and/or leave comments. Note that the process of changing over is irreversible.

    Eventually a lot of good things should come of the changes. See Google Operating System and Lifehacker. The comments at GOS are well worth reading.

  • MC
  • October 1, 2006 at 9:21:00 PM CDT
  • Unles privately funded, this is a phenomenally wastefull use of public dollars. Cool idea, though.

  • Alexander Trevi
  • October 2, 2006 at 12:02:00 AM CDT
  • e-tat: Good to hear. And thanks for the links.

    mc: From this article -- "Another idea that sounds far-fetched but may turn out to be a cost-effective way to increase swimming options for New Yorkers is an effort to revive the concept of floating pools. Ann Buttenwieser, an urban planner and author of a history of New York City's waterfront, has been pursuing this goal for more than 20 years, with support from the Municipal Art Society and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. The Neptune Foundation, which Buttenwieser established to build floating pools, now has architectural and engineering plans for a prototype pool on a barge, has raised the $2 million needed to build it, and is negotiating to locate it off the Hoboken, New Jersey, waterfront."

  • Anonymous
  • October 2, 2006 at 12:07:00 PM CDT
  • In Paris, the public and floating Josephine Baker pool opened recently on the Seine.

    Follow the link for pictures, text in French.

  • aquabot
  • September 25, 2007 at 2:15:00 AM CDT
  • I have also read in an article that the pool and beach attracted over 71,000 guests from all five boroughs of New York City and from as far away as Japan and Finland. What's about that Brooklyn Bridge Park?

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