Via Fast Co Design: "Though it sounds crazy, similar projects have happened before in Germany and New York. + Pool is a collaboration between three designer dudes from two NYC-based firms -- Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeffrey Franklin from Playlab and Dong-Ping Wong from Family -- and it's appropriately whimsical yet well-thought-out. The main draw of the project is to provide a way for New Yorkers to take a dip in the river without becoming a CHUD from all the chemical gunk. "It filters river water through the pool's walls - like a giant strainer dropped into the river," they explain on their Kickstarter page. The concentric layers of filtration materials that make up the sides of the pool are designed to remove bacteria, contaminants and odors, leaving only safe and swimmable water that meets city, state and federal standards of quality."
Now they need $25,000 to build the filtration system and test it, which is where Kickstarter comes in. I'm with Fast Co though: "Let's face it though, obtaining city permits is going to be much harder than just getting the filters to work."