City of Dreams Pavilion Competition

FIGMENT, a Governors Island cultural organization, the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) announced the launch of their 2nd annual pavilion competition. The theme of this year’s pavilion is “City of Dreams,” which asks designers to look towards the future of “both the island and design.”

Like last year’s competition, this year’s seeks out projects that are not only well-designed, but are also net-zero, temporary, and completely reusable. “Instead of a typical design competition, the City of Dreams Pavilion asks entrants to consider how they will construct this temporary structure in the most efficient and sustainable way possible. Entrants will consider the entire lifecycle of building materials in their submission, from preconstruction through disassembly. In the end, the goal is to create a pavilion that has net zero impact and that serves as a prototype for a new, truly sustainable, way of thinking about design and construction.”

The competition organizers say that the winning pavilion will get a wide audience. Since Governors Island first opened to the public in 2004, interest in public art events have only grown. In 2010 alone, more than 400,000 visited and attended an art or cultural event or saw local sites. 

The winning design will be constructed on Governors Island in the summer of 2011. The registration deadline is January 15, and the deadline for entries is February 01, 2011. Learn more about how to register. Also, check out last year’s winner.

Image credit: Living Pavilion, 2010 City of Dreams Pavilion Winner / Nolan Rhodes

12 thoughts on “City of Dreams Pavilion Competition

  1. Mikalee Byerman 12/16/2010 / 10:57 am

    What an amazing way to inspire creative thought — can’t wait to see what comes of it!🙂

  2. humanitarikim 12/16/2010 / 12:14 pm

    Very cool!

  3. Gbenga Awomodu 12/16/2010 / 2:10 pm

    This is a brilliant initiative. Thanks a bunch for sharing!

  4. auntbethany 12/16/2010 / 4:05 pm

    Very neat…used to live in the city for 2 years. Thanks for sharing! And congrats on FP!

  5. enjoibeing 12/16/2010 / 4:15 pm

    super dope. nice post

  6. ZACH 12/16/2010 / 4:55 pm

    Check out the last years winner link, interesting. ZW

  7. dearexgirlfriend 12/16/2010 / 4:55 pm

    wow congrats on being freshly pressed, glad i know about this initiative now.

  8. mynakedbokkie 12/17/2010 / 1:25 am

    I think 2010’s winner was pretty awesome!!!

    Well done on being freshly pressed!!!

  9. Shanna VanNorman 12/17/2010 / 2:00 am

    Very interesting. See this is what I’m here for, thought provoking sh** that makes me want to learn.

    Congrats on being press, well deserved.



  10. Asian Butteryfly 12/17/2010 / 2:40 am

    wow great post, and youre freshly pressed! this post deserves it!

  11. menchu4901 12/17/2010 / 2:52 am

    Love the design in the image, would certainly make me feel a part of nature. An idea worth taking up…thanks!

  12. kemals 12/17/2010 / 5:47 am

    Great post , thanks for sharing ! Good luck

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