New York will witness the construction of the world’s first water-filtering floating pool, the + POOL. Last spring, its creators announced the start of the building work and the subsequent completion of a floating laboratory on the River Hudson, as well as the launch of a new online platform set up in partnership with Google Drive’s application programming interface (API) developers. A dashboard has been set up that enables the general public in the Big Apple to find out all the information they need to know about the quality of the rivers in their city in a fun way that is easy to access and free of charge, as well as about the + POOL project’s ultimate aim of improving the quality of the city’s water. The dashboard has been up and running since 6 May.
Before setting up the platform, the designers and founders of POOL +, Dong-Ping Wong, Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeff Franklin, created Friends of + POOL, a group of advisors and influencers made up of the crowdfunding community Kickstarter, the naval architects Persak & Wurmfeld, engineers from Arup, the manufacturer Olollo, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at the University of Columbia, the watchdog organisation Riverkeeper, the River Project marine science field station, the company Dynamic Rubber, the business group Hudson River Park Trust, Google Drive, the not-for-profit organisation Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York’s New Museum and a team of students from the City University of New York.
The first crowdfunding campaign raised $41,000 from 1,203 backers and surpassed the initial target in just six days. In the second campaign,$273,000 was obtained from over 3,000 backers to build the test version of a floating laboratory, the Float Lab. The pool is to be built using tiles bought by backers. Each tile will be etched with the names of the backers so that everyone can claim a piece of the pool if it is sold. The aim of this project is for the whole investment to come from crowdfunding.
+ POOL’s Float Lab has been working since last April at Peer 40 and is used to collect a wide range of data. Over time, + POOL will help remove bacteria and pollutants from the River Hudson little by little. It will be able to clean almost 2 million litres of water every day. The new filtration system will help the project developers to attain their goal of testing the river water.
It has been planned for + POOL to open in spring 2016.