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Swiss Architecture Museum: Swim City

When: until 29 September 2019
Where: Swiss Architecture Museum, Steinenberg 7, Basel
How much: See website for details
More info: Swim City

The Swiss Architecture Museum is holding an exhibition looking at the importance of public space in the built environment, through the lens of river swimming, a popular activity in Switzerland.

Swim City is the first exhibition to draw attention to a particular contemporary phenomenon in urban space: river swimming as a mass movement. Swiss cities have played a pioneering role in the development of this activity in the last few decades, gradually making the river accessible as a natural public space in the built environment.

The exhibition shows the unique characteristics and historic development of river swimming in Basel, Bern, Zurich and Geneva. An immersive film installation allows visitors to experience these four cities from the perspective of a swimmer in the river. In addition, the exhibition presents contemporary river-swimming projects from around the world.

[Main image: image from ‘Swim City’. Photo courtesy of the Swiss Architecture Museum]