[All images courtesy Doug Johnston. Click for larger version.]
Stuck on the Wes Coast but Intrigued by a press release for Spacebuster, a mobile, inflatable structure designed to “transform public spaces of all kinds into points for community gathering,” Life Without Buildings enlisted the help of Doug Johnston to cover the Manhattan opening of the latest exhibition by Storefront for Art and Architecture. Spacebuster, the work of Berlin-based interdisciplinary group Raumlabor, is essentially a giant bubble that expands from the back of the van. Inflatable architecture at its simplest and most mobile (compared to…oh say, a lunar base). As is the nature of such structures, the shape and form of the translucent inflatable will adjusts to its surroundings, creating a different pavilion-like condition wherever it is parked – from open field to a narrow lot beneath the High Line.