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International Urban Swimming Pre-Conference

The INTERNATIONAL URBAN SWIMMING PRE-CONFERENCE is based on the shared experience that conferences which focus on specific cities eventually deal with recurrent topics. It’s an attempt to define these universal questions and approaches that different cities, initiatives and projects have in common as a preparation for a subsequent International Urban Swimming Conference in 2018. It’s the ambition for this conference to bring together the broad range of initiatives and stakeholders concerned with urban swimming to form an international urban swimming association to promote and facilitate urban swimming all around the world as a key ingredient for the sustainable and livable cities of the future.

Besides the view on the general topic of Urban Swimming, the conferences will also be a place to share experiences and practical knowledge between the different participants in order to facilitate future collaborations within an international network.

The Pre-Conference 2017 takes place in Kassel, Germany, on July 31. It’s accompanied by public classes sketching the local historical and general societal context of open air swimming. The location is the Freibad Wilhelmshöhe, itself an open air pool that was saved from closing by a citizens’ initiative in 2014 and since then run in collaboration of the initiative and the city.

Present at the conference are POOL IS COOL, Flussbad Berlin e.V., Isarlust e.V., Dirk Paschke (Werksschwimmbad Zeche Zollverein), Fabian Bartel, Natalija Paunić, Günter Wagner (Kurbad Jungborn) and Agency Art Education.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

13:30 - 16:15 public event
13:30 - 14:30 opening, introduction, short presentation by everyone, overview of other initiatives
14:45 - 15:30 PSFA-class 1: Underwater Love: Beyond the Typology of Swimming Pools
15:30 - 16:15 PSFA-class 2: Flussschwimmen im alten Kassel - Kurbad Jungborn

17:00 - 24:00 pre-conference

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The INTERNATIONAL URBAN SWIMMING PRE-CONFERENCE is initiated by POOL IS COOL Brussels, Agency art education Kassel and The Public School for Architecture Brussels, in collaboration with Baya Eden and Käpt'n Dallys Poolbar.