Urban Conquest: DIY Neighborhood Games!

Randomly coinciding with Day 1 of the London Olympics, residents and urban hacktivists created and deployed their own games in Voykovskiy. Beginning midday, participants designed, constructed and played in spaces that had been underused, waiting to be activated.

Situationist soccer
Using found wood to build three goal posts in a recreational space in the park that was meant for basketball. Because the surface was less than ideal (and because many of us love soccer and situationists) it was the perfect (and perfectly random) game to play. Three teams, three goals.

More Badminton
Everywhere is a badminton court.


Swinging at the bus stop
Rope + a sawed plank of wood to install a swing at a bus stop.


Street Dominoes
A larger than life domino game to interact and occupy an unused public space.

More Checkers
With the help of locals who had been painting and maintaining the tram stop, we color coded a board days before and used cans to identify competing teams.

The Ultimate Race
We used tape and chalk boards to turn a shortcut where people climb over a gate to get to the train platform and skip buying tickets into a game. Players time themselves and record their scores.

Photographs by Maria Semenenko.
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