raumlaborberlin‘s traveling architectural installation, SPACEBUSTER, makes landfall in new york city as part of its month-long experiential tour titled ‘we like america’. over the last two weeks, the inflatable SPACEBUSTER has touched down in chicago, st. louis and cleveland where it has hosted a range of lectures, events and concerts for up to 80 people.

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the structure will host conversations with notable architecture critics and scholars

 

 

through a collaboration with storefront for art and architecture, the 70-foot semi-permeable bubble will now spend 17 days in new york city. SPACEBUSTER’s first stop in new york will be at the clemente, a puerto rican/latino cultural education center, for the event ‘in response to hurricanes’. a discussion on how art and architecture address issues of resilience and respond to natural disasters will take place featuring a presentation on ‘emergency architecture’ by architecture critic, niklas maak.


spacebuster aerial view in lower east side
image by kevin mcelvaney

 

 

raumlaborberlin and storefront for art and architecture developed their partnership for ‘we like america’, presented by übermut project — an initiative of ‘visitberlin’ and ‘hamburg marketing’, funded by the german federal foreign office.for this tour, SPACEBUSTER acts on the edge of the american dream, hosting community programs and searching for new forms of urban practice that arise from decline and protest in the US’, explains the design team. ‘the structure has the ability to transform public spaces into impromptu community zones‘.


a discussion on how art and architecture address issues of resilience and respond to natural disasters
image by kevin mcelvaney

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the SPACEBUSTER hopes to create impromptu community zones around the US 

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the SPACEBUSTER served as a venue for a concert in st. louis, missouri

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the SPACEBUSTER made landall in cleveland, ohio

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the dome expands and organically adjusts to its surroundings

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the dome emerges from its self-contained compressor housing in new york city

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events within can be seen from the exterior

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the design team collaborated with storefront for art and architecture in new york city

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up to 80 people can fit within the bubble for varying events

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the material is a sturdy, specially-designed translucent plastic

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exterior environments become the events’ backdrops

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