Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Dumpster Diving

This has received plenty of coverage, but with the weather the way it is, I think it's an idea well worth promoting. David Belt, a real estate developer in New York, along with a group of handy friends, has been turning run-of-the-mill dumpsters into urban swimming pools. The first was at a junk yard on the banks of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, and the company they formed, Macro Sea, has now taken on the challenge of bringing dumpster pools, and other recycled objects d'art, to underused strip malls around the country. The idea, said Belt, was not to create an exclusive party destination but to experiment with underused space and materials, repurposing them with urban renewal in mind. A great idea, worth stealing. More photos and building details here.

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