Watching the World Cup at your local bar is cool, but how about viewing it on the big screen at Governors Island? Spontaneous Interventions, an exhibition created by architects, artists and designers to bring new amenities to the public, has brought two new World Cup viewing venues to the island. Originally shown at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2012, the project focuses on activating urban space, making it more usable for visitors.
As establishments around New York become packed with fans watching the World Cup, Spontaneous Interventions offers an alternative to the bar scene, with the skyline of New York as a backdrop. Island-goers will have a chance to look public space at Governors Island in a different way- as the venue for viewing one of the most-watched sports events worldwide. Two locations are set up for the games – at Governors Beach Club right on the water, and on the lawns in front of Building 403 at Colonels’ Row. Chairs and over-sized LED screens have been set up, as well as a soccer-related fun zone created by the New York FC team.
Spontaneous Interventions encourages low-barrier urban interventions, like the pop-up World Cup viewing areas, to sprout up around the globe for citizens to get more out of their cities. The exhibition shows examples and inspiration for making an urban area more sustainable, safer and pleasurable by activating space, and encouraging social relationships. The exhibition continues outside, transforming the lawns around the building into an outdoor living room, dining room, playroom and kitchen.
The exhibition will remain on Governors’ Island until September 28, 2014.