Society of Fellows


Guided Tour of "Spontaneous Interventions" on Governor's Island

Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good
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The American Academy in Rome and the Society of Fellows invite you to a special guided tour of Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good and Governor's Island park. 

Sunday, 28 September 2014, 11:15 AM  

Governors Island, New York City
Building 403, Colonel's Row 
(Take a 10:00 or 11:00 AM ferry)* 

Precise directions to Building 403 will be sent to respondents. 

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*Ferries depart from Manhattan (Battery Maritime Building, 10 South Street) at 10:00 and 11:00 AM and from Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6) at 11:00 AM. Ferry rides are 7 minutes; 10:00 and 11:00 AM ferries on Saturdays and Sundays are free. 

Spontaneous Interventions originated as the official U.S. presentation at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2012), where it earned the U.S. a Special Mention from the Golden Lion jury in the competition for Best Pavilion. The show, devoted to actions initiated by architects, designers, planners, artists, and everyday citizens to improve public space, was curated by New York-based design journalist and editor Cathy Lang Ho, FAAR 2009 (Design). She talks about the installation concept in an interview at the Biennale. The award-winning exhibition design was a collaboration between Brooklyn-based Freecell, led by Lauren Crahan and John Hartmann, FAAR 2005 (Architecture) and Berkeley communication design studio M-A-D, led by Erik Adigard, FAAR 2013 (Design) and Patricia McShane. This is a condensed version of the original exhibition and is currently on view through 28 September 2014. For more information, visit

Governors Island, a former military base which is now New York City's newest park, is home to dozens of historic buildings and 125 acres of open space, including a new 30-acre section designed by West 8 with Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AFAAR 1981). Download a map here. The island also features free programming produced by the LMCC, International Center for Photography, NY Historical Society, Brooklyn Public Library, and dozens of other cultural partners, so come and make a day of it!