City of Dreams Pavilion 2018

We host a competition to design and construct an architectural pavilion on Governors Island, the City of Dreams Pavilion.

Category Project Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Project, Open, Two-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Pavilion
Country New York, United States
RegDeadline 15 September 2017 GoogleCal iCal
30 September 2017 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility All

Since Governors Island first opened to the public in 2004, the attention and interest that this new public place has received has increased dramatically. Now, each year, more than 500,000 people visit the island through its summer season to engage in a variety of arts and cultural programs, as well as to enjoy summertime activities like picnicking and bike riding on the island.
The City of Dreams Pavilion will be a gathering place for people to meet, learn about the arts programs on the island, enjoy a performance or lecture, and experience the interaction of art and the historic context of Governors Island. Our theme for the pavilion, the City of Dreams, points toward the future. If we imagine a future New York City where anything is possible, what would it look like? In our wildest and most optimistic dreams, what is the future of the city?
The current state of the world is such that both economic and natural resources are limited and unequally distributed. A new way of thinking is necessary to solve the problems that the world faces. Inevitably, the result will be a change in the basic practices that have driven the world to its current state. One place to start to activate and energize these changes is within the architecture and design community, where the movement toward sustainable design has only scratched the surface of what is possible and necessary.

David Benjamin: Founder and Principal, The Living
Anna Fixsen: News Editor//Architectural Record
Benjamin Gilmartin, AIA: Partner, DS+R
Jorge Otero-Pailos, AIA: Director and Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia University, Founder and Editor, Future Anterior Journal
Risa Puno: Artist


Entry Fee
Student entries: $40
Individual entries: $90
Group entries: $140

Notification of finalists, with comments: around October 15, 2017
Finalist proposal revisions due: around November 15, 2017
Second jury meeting to select winner: mid-November, 2017
Winner notified: by November 30, 2017
Public announcement of winner: around December 1, 2017
Fundraising campaign begins: around December 1, 2017
Fabrication and Construction Begins: around March 15, 2018
Construction Complete: around June 1, 2018
Public Opening: Friday, June 8, 2018
FIGMENT NYC 2017: June 9-10, 2018 (anticipated dates, pending approval)
Summer Season 2017 on Governors Island: May 1-August 24, 2018
De-Installation: August 25-26, 2018

Past winners

FIGMENT, the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects NY Chapter (AIANY) and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY)

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