2017 City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition 2017
 New York

Sponsors: FIGMENT, New York; Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), New York; Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY), New York
Location: Governor’s Island, New York
Type: Open, international, two-stage
Eligibility: architects and students of architecture
Students – US$40
Individual entries – US$90
Group entries – US$140
Language: English
15 September 2016 – Registration deadline
30 September 2016 – Submission deadline
Award: Construction of the pavilion
Notification of finalists, with comments: around October 15, 2016
Finalist proposal revisions due: around November 15, 2016
Second jury meeting to select winner: mid-November, 2016
30 November 2016 – Winner notified
Public announcement of winner: around December 1, 2016
Jury: TBD
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 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?
   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 should consider the entire lifecycle of building materials in their submission. Whether they do this by identifying companies that produce “cradle to cradle” products, garnering sponsorships from environmental or socially conscious groups, or re-using waste from construction sites, the materials used and the installation process should have as little impact as possible on the environment.
   Entrants should submit where their materials are to come from, how their structures will be transported to the site, how they will eliminate waste during installation, and how they plan to disassemble and reuse the materials after the island closes for the season. In other words, entrants are being asked to consider using “borrowed” materials—from existing construction sites and from places where the materials can be returned after the season is over and the temporary structure is disassembled.

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