City of Dreams Pavilion Competition

Sponsors: FIGMENT, ENYA (New York Chapter) and Structural Engineers Association of New York

Type: Open, international, one-stage

Language: English

Fees: $20 Student; $50 Individual; $80 Group

Eligibility: Entries are encouraged from individuals or teams of architects and non-architects of any age or experience level, provided they are prepared to carry out the project. Attribution of the winner and finalists will be given based on the names of the individuals who enter, rather than to any firm with whom they are affiliated.

Award : The winning pavilion design will be constructed on Governors Island, summer 2013.


1 April 2012 – Registration deadline

1 May 2012 – Submission deadline by email


• Vicki Arbitrio, PE , Associate Partner, Gilsanz Murray Steficek

• Thomas Christoffersen, MAA , Partner, BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

• Marc Clemenceau Bailly, AIA , Partner, Gage / Clemenceau Architects

• Marc Kushner, AIA , Co-founder, HWKN Architects

• Michael Loverich , Partner, Bittertang, 2011 City of Dreams Pavilion designer

• Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA , Editor-in-Chief, Oculus, ArchNewsNow

Design challenge:

The City of Dreams Pavilion will be a gathering place for people to meet, learn about the arts programs on the island, enjoy a planned or impromptu performance or lecture, and experience the interaction of art and the historic context of Governors Island. The theme for the pavilion, the City of Dreams, points toward the future, of both the island and of design.

The current state of the world is such that both the economy and natural resources are limited in ways we have never experienced in our lifetimes. Inevitably, the result will be a change in harmful habits that have driven the world to its current state. One place to start to activate and energize these changes in within the architecture and design community, where the movement toward sustainable design has only scratched the surface of what is possible and necessary.

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 full lifecycle of building materials, from preconstruction through disassembly. Ultimately, the goal is to create a pavilion with net zero impact that serves as a prototype for a new, truly sustainable, way of thinking about design and construction.

Selection criteria that the jury will consider:
• Proposal feasibility and buildability
• Lifecycle considerations and overall environmental impact
• Adherence to theme
• Design impact
• Innovative use of materials

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