Tag Archives: Innovation

Meet artist Gwyneth Leech

REA stumbled upon the artwork of Gwyneth Leech in the Flatiron building, where she creates beautiful drawings on paper coffee cups and hangs them from the ceiling.  We were so impressed and inspired by her work, that we decided to shoot a quick film and interview her for our “REA APPROVED” blog.  Check out the video here.

+ Pool: An Innovative Oasis

Now that the sweltering days of July have arrived, it’s not hard to find yourself dreaming of cooling off in swimming pools, or even jumping in the river — if only it were clean.

Well, maybe one day a piece of it will be.

We’re quite interested in this Kickstarter project, which is trying to raise money to create a plus-shaped pool (hence the plus sign in + Pool — clever clever), which will float IN THE RIVER.  It sounds impossible, but these guys have garnered a lot of research and discovered that it’s actually feasible.

The plan: to filter river water through a filtration system in the pool walls.  The first filtration layer will keep debris, oil, animals, and other large objects from entering the pool water; the second filtration layer will take care of algae and bacteria down to 1 micron, and the final layer will disinfect any viruses or other tiny microorganisms.

The pool will be divided into four sections: a Children’s section, a Sports section, a part for Lounging and another for Laps.  This way, + Pool doesn’t only make the river water happy, but it makes EVERYONE happy.

The modern pool planners just need a lot of money.  Like, a LOT of money.

They’ve reached their goal of raising $25,000 to start testing filtration layers, but will need up to $500,000 to build a mock-up of the pool, let alone build the pool itself.

What this project speaks to more than being the first of its kind and environmentally-friendly, is the power in online communities like Kickstarter.  The site allows innovative projects like these to receive enormous amounts of feedback, support and money — all in a matter of days.

We’ll keep you posted on any more design projects that we find fascinating and deserving of donations.

In the meantime, let’s hope the + Pool planners reach their goal: We vote for clean swims!