City swimming: rivers as a public, sustainabl­e resource

- The new exhibition

at the Architectu­re Museum in Basel focuses on a growing trend in Swiss cities: river balneation. “Swim City” (until 29.9.2019) explores the cases of Basel, Bern, Zurich and Geneva that, in the past decades, have gradually transforme­d their rivers and the river banks into a sustainabl­e and accessible resource, which improve the quality of city life. The exhibition ends with a review of designs from around the world: Flussbad Berlin, Pool is cool (Brussels), Thames Baths (London), Ilôt vert (Paris), Charles River Swimming Initiative (Boston) and +POOL (New York). Can swimming in city rivers become a mass phenomenon?

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