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+ Pool Team Starts Kickstarter Project To Make East River Floating Pool A Reality (VIDEO)

First Posted: 06/16/11 01:55 PM ET Updated: 08/16/11 06:12 AM ET

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+ Pool is gearing up to make a big splash in the New York swimming scene.

Curbed caught onto buzz for the project--four pools in one plus-sign shape floating in the East River--a while ago, but learned today that the +Pool design team has partnered with a major engineering firm, Arup, to make the idea a reality.

The pool's walls would use a state-of-the-art filtration system so that New Yorkers would actually be swimming in- the East River water-- which supporters hope would create momentum for the city to actually make the river itself cleaner.

The + Pool team spent the winter "studying water quality, structural configurations, energy use, site potentials and of course the filtration system" according to their website and then received a final feasability report from Arup that essentially said "Yes, this can happen".

Now they just need to test out the filtration system--which is expensive--before they show city officials that +Pool could really work. They've started up a Kickstarter page to raise $25,000 in support of the project, and put together the video below, which features some endorsements from respected architects, and some very enticing renderings of the 9,000 square foot pool.


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Filed by Christopher Mathias  |