Megatrend: Swimming in Urban Waters
Liquid Public Spaces: Rivers as part of public space
With short literary prose texts about swimming in the rivers in Basel, Bern, Geneva and Zurich
Exhibition at S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum: May to September 2019
Urban Swimming is trendy, and when it comes to swimming in rivers in urban space Swiss cities are international trailblazers and much admired models. Moreover, in metropolises such as London, New York and Berlin more and more people are demanding their right to the rivers, harbours and canals back and referencing the situation in Switzerland. In many cities here, rivers and their banks have gradually been tapped as public resources. People who refresh themselves during their midday break by jumping into the water or who use the drift of a river to swim their way to work are a fixed component of Swiss cities today.
Swim City renders the experience of swimming in Swiss rivers tangible and shows how it developed historically, what form it takes today and its relevance in creating cities that are worth living in.