The exhibition “Swim City”, first shown at the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel, draws attention to a particular contemporary phenomenon in urban space: river swimming as a mass movement. Swiss cities have played a pioneering role in the development of this activity in the last few decades, gradually making the river accessible as a natural public space in the built environment. They are a model for other metropolises of how rivers can be reclaimed for the city in order to improve the urban quality of life in the long term.
River baths in Basel, Bern, Zurich and Geneva as well as projects in Berlin (Flussbad Berlin), Paris (Ilot Vert), Brussels (POOL IS COOL), London (Thames Baths), New York (+POOL) and Boston (Charles River Swimming Initiative) are presented.
An exhibition of the S AM, curated by Barbara Buser, Andreas Ruby and Yuma Shinohara. The exhibition section with the international projects was created in cooperation with the Future Architecture Platform, an association of European architectural institutions that promotes innovative positions in architecture and urban development. Film installation: Jürg Egli, Photography: Lucía de Mosteyrín