Berlin, the capital of Germany, acknowledges the darkest chapters in its history by dispersing Holocaust artifacts amid vestigial Communist buildings and parks. New York City is struggling to remember its own trauma—September 11, 2001—amid new towers and fast-changing neighborhoods downtown. What might these cities say to one another?
The show 'Berlin-New York Dialogues,' at New York City's Center for Architecture, features images of this bridge in Berlin. Wilk-Salinas Architekten with Thomas Freiwald designed this bridge across the Spree River with a swimming pool in a boat whose planes of sight suggest a river dip; every winter since 2005, a temporary roof of elliptical wooden trusses and a double-layered translucent membrane covers the space to allow locals to swim year-round (top). Also featured is a project by architect Hafner/Jimenez, who filled an empty bracket along the old Berlin Wall with a swimming pool and a pedestrian connection to the nearby river; the park is due to open next year (above).