City of Dreams Pavilion 2020


Sponsors: Figment, ENYA, SEAoNY
Type: open, two-stage
Language: English
Location: Lighthouse Park, Roosevelt Island
Students – US$50
Professionals – US$90
Group Entries – $140
Note: The competition entry fees will be applied to the costs of building and maintaining the winning entry.
15 September 2019 – Registration deadline
30 September 2019 – Submission deadline
15 October 2019 – Notification of finalists
30 November 2019 – Winner notified
15 March 2020 – Fabrication and Construction begins
6 June 2020 – Installation Complete
Jury: TBD
Essential requirements of the proposal are as follows:

  • Create a gathering place for 50 or more people, providing shade and rain cover
  • Provide an integrated performance area/stage for small dance performances, music ensembles, and/or spoken word productions
  • Consider the full lifecycle of the materials used—where they come from and where they will go after the summer season ends 
  • Provide for the design and installation of the project, including sourcing all materials
  • The structure must be freestanding, and cannot penetrate the ground to a depth greater than 6”
  • The design will require approval from a number of public agencies prior to installation, which may include the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), and the NYC Department of Buildings
  • Include a budget that anticipates all costs of fabrication, transportation, installation, and de-installation

Selection criteria that the jury will consider:

  • Proposal feasibility and build ability
  • Lifecycle considerations and overall environmental impact
  • Adherence to theme
  • Design impact
  • Innovative use of materials
  • Visitor safety: the design should not give visitors the opportunity to climb or hang on the pavilion, or do anything that would be a risk to their safety

For information and to enter, go to: