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Paul Steinbr├╝ck, Louisa Vermoere, Lien Nauwelaerts, Andrea Sollazzo, Agnieszka Winiarska, Jorg De Vriese, Frederik Serroen, Julien Tregarot, Laurens Van der Cruyssen

POOL IS COOL

http://www.pooliscool.org

Brussels, Belgium
POOL IS COOL is an independent platform of international citizen experts, combining the experience of local urgencies with the professional expertise to react on the identified problems. With complementary backgrounds in architecture, urbanism, sociology and management, the team of POOL IS COOL came together to revive public outdoor swimming in Brussels through the development of interdisciplinary strategies that are applicable on other social and infrastructural urban challenges in the future.

Pool is Cool


Reintroducing public open air swimming in Brussels.

Pool is Cool


Reintroducing public open air swimming in Brussels.
The quest for the revival of outdoor swimming as an exemplary approach to tackle urban challenges.
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Type of project
  • Practical problems

POOL IS COOL strives to revive the social activity of outdoor swimming in Brussels, today non-existent, through a strictly positive approach which combines militant yet playful activities that highlight problems with professional strategies that generate solutions. Short term ACTIONS of civil disobedience in public space raise attention while temporary PROJECTS let citizens experience the joy of swimming in the city. Ongoing RESEARCH of the social, spatial, financial and environmental context within an international network of experts are the base for collaborations with different stakeholders. Frequent public DEBATES of our ambitions with audiences ranging from activists to politicians, combined with social media, generates feedback from those we do it for: the diversity of people in Brussels.
Developed for a specific case, our four-part strategy offers a toolbox for a multitude of urban urgencies, avoiding conflicts through specifically matched approaches based on shared intentions.



THE BIGGEST PUBLIC OUTDOOR POOL IN BRUSSELS - installation with pool, sun decks and bar in the city centre of Brussels - 2017

THE NORTH BEACH - transformation of a roundabout in a business district into the only beach of Brussels - 2018

BIG JUMP BXL - unauthorized public swimming event in the canal of Brussels - 2018

HOW TO SWIM - site research for the masterclass HOW TO SWIM with international students and experts - 2018

DEBATE - public debate of POOL IS COOL's strategies for outdoor swimming in Brussels with international experts and local politicians and urban planners - 2017

Pool is Cool


Reintroducing public open air swimming in Brussels.

Pool is Cool


Reintroducing public open air swimming in Brussels.
The quest for the revival of outdoor swimming as an exemplary approach to tackle urban challenges.
File under
Type of project
  • Practical problems

POOL IS COOL strives to revive the social activity of outdoor swimming in Brussels, today non-existent, through a strictly positive approach which combines militant yet playful activities that highlight problems with professional strategies that generate solutions. Short term ACTIONS of civil disobedience in public space raise attention while temporary PROJECTS let citizens experience the joy of swimming in the city. Ongoing RESEARCH of the social, spatial, financial and environmental context within an international network of experts are the base for collaborations with different stakeholders. Frequent public DEBATES of our ambitions with audiences ranging from activists to politicians, combined with social media, generates feedback from those we do it for: the diversity of people in Brussels.
Developed for a specific case, our four-part strategy offers a toolbox for a multitude of urban urgencies, avoiding conflicts through specifically matched approaches based on shared intentions.



THE BIGGEST PUBLIC OUTDOOR POOL IN BRUSSELS - installation with pool, sun decks and bar in the city centre of Brussels - 2017

THE NORTH BEACH - transformation of a roundabout in a business district into the only beach of Brussels - 2018

BIG JUMP BXL - unauthorized public swimming event in the canal of Brussels - 2018

HOW TO SWIM - site research for the masterclass HOW TO SWIM with international students and experts - 2018

DEBATE - public debate of POOL IS COOL's strategies for outdoor swimming in Brussels with international experts and local politicians and urban planners - 2017


Idea by

Paul Steinbr├╝ck, Louisa Vermoere, Lien Nauwelaerts, Andrea Sollazzo, Agnieszka Winiarska, Jorg De Vriese, Frederik Serroen, Julien Tregarot, Laurens Van der Cruyssen
POOL IS COOL
Brussels
Belgium
POOL IS COOL is an independent platform of international citizen experts, combining the experience of local urgencies with the professional expertise to react on the identified problems. With complementary backgrounds in architecture, urbanism, sociology and management, the team of POOL IS COOL came together to revive public outdoor swimming in Brussels through the development of interdisciplinary strategies that are applicable on other social and infrastructural urban challenges in the future.