In 2011, all that the creators of New York's + Pool project wanted was an opportunity to build a place to swim in the East River without any risk of pollutants. Today, their innovative project is on track to become a reality, and it's one of several similar efforts in other cities.
Thames Baths Project London's Thames Baths Project aims to reopen the river to swimming. According to the project website, "the ideas were launched in 2013 as part of the ‘London As It Could Be Now’ programme ... developed by The Architecture Foundation with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and the Royal Academy of Arts." The latest proposals for a freshwater pool were released in August 2014.
Flussbad Berlin Project designers are looking to turn a part of the river Spree into a pool. The stretch of river under consideration is located in the historical heart of the city along what's known as Museum Island. In July, the project received a 110.000,00 Euro fund from the Berlin Lotto-Foundation to produce a feasibility study.
Copenhagen Harbour Blue Plan As seen on Dezeen, and several other architecture and design sites, the city of Copenhagen commissioned architecture firms Tredje Natur and PK3 to develop a plan for creating a more sustainable harbor. The design team came up with a unique conceptual plan featuring several artificial island zones, one of which would be for swimming and aquatic recreation.