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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A design idea for public outdoor swimming pools

Photo by Mike Lear.

In keeping with the theme of the aesthetic quality of civic architecture, I was skimming a Financial Times article on "interior design" ("The artists transforming the face of interior design") and the design of houses for the well off, when I saw a photo of work by Richard Woods, to wit a swimming pool done with bold tile forms.

Apparently Woods' medium is surfaces and he is known for these kinds of tile patterns ("How patterns and stencils can transform floors into works of art," FT).

Why not design and build a public pool similarly?

... Like the beach street and sidewalk design patterns of Ricardo Burle Marx.

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If you explore the Richard Woods Studio website, you'll come across many other commissions that are public art oriented.

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