We Like America: An Experimental Road Trip of the Spacebuster

September 14 – October 21, 2017


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We Like America, presented in partnership with Übermut Project, is an experimental road trip of the Spacebuster, a temporary architectural structure designed by raumlaborberlin and commissioned by Storefront in 2009 in order to transform public spaces into impromptu community zones.


Exploring facets of the “American Dream” and seeking out new urban frontiers by transforming nomadic, transgressive, and transitory spaces, the Spacebuster is reprised through We Like America in a journey of the American Rust Belt.


With a multifaceted mission that includes fact finding, observation, and research, We Like America will pop up to investigate and organize around issues of collective societal desire in everyday life. The road trip kicks off in Chicago during the preview week of the Chicago Architectural Biennale, and then works its way east with pit stops in St. Louis, Cleveland, and eventually arriving in New York in October.


About the Spacebuster

The Spacebuster takes the form of a van outfitted with an expanding inflatable bubble that houses up to 120 people. Guests walk through the van and down a ramp into the inflated space. The bubble is supported by air pressure generated by a fan beneath the ramp. The membrane of the bubble is translucent, creating a semi-permeable enclosure; those on the outside can watch those on the inside and vice versa, resulting in a perfect conundrum of private and public space.


For more information, please see here.



Schedule of Events:

See the full schedule of events below and here.




September 14th – September 16th, 2017

The Community of the Future at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar

—With an experimental music lab featuring Studio Beige and Automaten

—Presented as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennale




September 21st – September 27th, 2017

At The Edge of Everything Else

—Curated by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation


Debris Butterfly Garden

—Reprisal of 2016 Enright Avenue community project




September 28th – September 29th, 2017

Pop-up community residency at Cleveland Institute of Art

—Wade Oval, University Circle




October 4th, 2017

In Response to Hurricanes

—The Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street, 6:30 pm

—with Niklas Maak, Amy Chester, and Marcelo López Dinardi


October 6th, 2017

German Senior High School, White Plains


October 14th, 2017

Spacebuster x Brooklyn Boheme

—Fort Greene Park, 12 pm – 10 pm


October 21st, 2017

New Icon-i-Cities (as part of It’s Happening! Celebrating 50 Years of Public Art in NYC Parks)

Central Park’s East Pinetum (East 84th Street), 11 am – 3 pm



Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Gaggenau; Knippers Helbig; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Rockwell Group; Tishman Speyer; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Greenwich Collection Ltd.; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Peter T. Joseph Foundation; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.


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