City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition


Type: Open, international, 2-stage

Location: New York City


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.


Individual entries – $50
Group entries – $80
Student entries – $20


The winner of the 2013-2014 City of Dreams Pavilion competition will be installed and open to the public on New York City’s Governors Island throughout the entire 2014 summer season on Saturdays and Sundays while Governors Island is open from June 8 until September 22, 2013.


1 May 2013 – Registration deadline
1 June 2013 – Deadline for proposal submission
15 July 2013 – Notification of finalists, with comments
15 September 2013 – Finalist proposal revisions deadline
30 September 2013 – Jury meeting to select winner
1 October 2013 – Winner notified
15 March 2014 – Fabrication and construction begins
1 June 2014 – Construction complete
7 June 2014 – Public opening
27 September – 15 October 2014 – De-installation


John Czarnecki, Assoc. AIA, Editor-in-Chief, Contract
Susannah C. Drake, ASLA, AIA, Principal, dlandstudio
Mark L. Gardner, AIA, NOMA, Principal, Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects
Marc Leff, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, Deborah Berke Partners;
Scott Lomax, Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti
Kate Raudenbush, Sculptor, Photographer, Designer, Kate Raudenbush Experiments
Design mentor: Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Partner, Situ Studio


Design Challenge:

The City of Dreams Pavilion will be a gathering place for people to meet, learn about the arts programs on the island, be able to 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 in ways we have never experienced in our lifetimes. 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 in within the architecture and design community, where the movement toward sustainable design has only scratched the surface of what is possible and necessary.


The City of Dreams 2013-2014 Pavilion Design Competition will be a two-stage process, in which a jury of leading architects and other industry professionals will review initial submissions and select a number of finalists. These finalists will receive comments and will have the opportunity to revise their proposals. The jury will meet again and select the competition winner in September 2013.

For more information and to register, go to: