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Building Creative Infrastructure that Brings People Back in Touch with Their Cities

Transforming New York’s East River; +Pool flips the model for civic projects

At PSFK 2015, Dong-Ping Wong introduces +Pool, a Kickstarter-backed project to bring the first floating pool to New York City’s East River. In this video, Wong explains the initiative and how his team re-imagined the stages and structure for building public infrastructure in urban landscapes that all can enjoy.

At its core, +Pool is about cleaning the river water in a city surrounded by combined sewage overflows. Rather than attempt to clean the entire river at once—a city vision still many decades out— the small team aimed to tackle one small spot to start; they joined forces with Columbia University to develop a mini Floatlab to test various filtration methods.

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