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Archie Lee Coates IV, Dong-Ping Wong, Jeff Franklin, Oana Stanescu

Playlab and Family

http://www.pluspool.org

Archie Lee Coates IV is a founding partner of PlayLab, a multi-disciplinary design office in New York, and the Executive Director of Friends of + POOL. Jeffrey Franklin is co-founder of the design firm PlayLab, Inc., as well as the Director of Special Projects for non-profit. + POOL designer Dong-Ping Wong is a founding partner of FOOD and Family, design firms based in New York. Designer Oana Stanescu is a founding partner of Family alongside Dong-Ping Wong, and Faculty at Harvard University.

+ Pool


+ Pool


+ POOL is a water-filtering, floating swimming pool, that filters river water through the walls of the pool.
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+ POOL was launched in 2010 as an idea to make the waterways in New York swimmable and has helped inspire urban swimming architecture projects around the world. The project uses architecture as a point of departure, collapsing science, technology, health, social equity and access into its design. As such, + POOL is a tool demonstrating the efficacy of new technology, and collaborative work that rethinks the relationship between our natural and built environments. The pool itself is simultaneously a piece of contemporary architecture, a public art work, and an open space, that contributes to public education, conserves our natural environment, and reintroduces citizens to a historic ritual of using urban waterways for recreation daily. + POOL was the first civic architecture project launched on Kickstarter, a leading crowdsource funding platform, helping establish a new model for civic design that allows citizens to directly participate in ideas that enhance their city.



By Family New York, Courtesy of Friends of + POOL

By Family New York, Courtesy of Friends of + POOL

By Family New York, Courtesy of Friends of + POOL

By Family New York, Courtesy of Friends of + POOL

By Family New York, Courtesy of Friends of + POOL

+ Pool


+ Pool


+ POOL is a water-filtering, floating swimming pool, that filters river water through the walls of the pool.
File under
Type of project
  • Practical problems

+ POOL was launched in 2010 as an idea to make the waterways in New York swimmable and has helped inspire urban swimming architecture projects around the world. The project uses architecture as a point of departure, collapsing science, technology, health, social equity and access into its design. As such, + POOL is a tool demonstrating the efficacy of new technology, and collaborative work that rethinks the relationship between our natural and built environments. The pool itself is simultaneously a piece of contemporary architecture, a public art work, and an open space, that contributes to public education, conserves our natural environment, and reintroduces citizens to a historic ritual of using urban waterways for recreation daily. + POOL was the first civic architecture project launched on Kickstarter, a leading crowdsource funding platform, helping establish a new model for civic design that allows citizens to directly participate in ideas that enhance their city.



By Family New York, Courtesy of Friends of + POOL

By Family New York, Courtesy of Friends of + POOL

By Family New York, Courtesy of Friends of + POOL

By Family New York, Courtesy of Friends of + POOL

By Family New York, Courtesy of Friends of + POOL


Idea by

Archie Lee Coates IV, Dong-Ping Wong, Jeff Franklin, Oana Stanescu
Playlab and Family
Archie Lee Coates IV is a founding partner of PlayLab, a multi-disciplinary design office in New York, and the Executive Director of Friends of + POOL. Jeffrey Franklin is co-founder of the design firm PlayLab, Inc., as well as the Director of Special Projects for non-profit. + POOL designer Dong-Ping Wong is a founding partner of FOOD and Family, design firms based in New York. Designer Oana Stanescu is a founding partner of Family alongside Dong-Ping Wong, and Faculty at Harvard University.