City Planning

Crowdfunding gives rise to projects truly in public domain

The "+Pool" is an initiative by a design trio to bring a cross-shaped floating swimming pool to New York's East River. The pool would be filled with water filtered from the river that it floats in. (Photo: Playlab)

Pooling money for a cause online gets a new spin as small donors help lay the foundation for major municipal innovations, galvanizing communities. When money for the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal ran short, publisher Joseph Pulitzer launched a call for donations in his New York newspaper and raised more than $100,000 in six months. About 125,000 people contributed $1 or less. That was 1884. When three 20-somethings came up with “+Pool” — the creation of community swimming pools that float in New York’s polluted East River and are filled with…

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Dutch city Rotterdam crowdfunds a bridge

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Modern development had cut off a pre-war thriving core of Rotterdam from the rest of the city and officials said a connecting bridge would take 30 years to finance. So a team of young architects decided to crowdfund it. More than 1,300 planks later, each one stamped with the sponsor’s name, the first 18 metres of the wooden Luchtsingel bridges two downtown halves of the Dutch city. The project’s slogan: “The more you donate, the longer the bridge.” “Looking at it I still sometimes don’t believe it’s happening,” Koreman said.…

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