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City of Dreams Pavilion

FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY fourth City of Dreams Competition to create a pavilion for Governors Island
Registration deadline: May 1, 2013

The 2013-2014 City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition

Since Governors Island first opened to the public in 2004, the attention and interest that this new public place has received has increased exponentially. In 2012, over 300,000 people visited 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.

FIGMENT has once again teamed with 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) to host a competition to design and construct an architectural pavilion on Governors Island, the City of Dreams Pavilion.

Submission deadline: June 1, 2013

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.

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 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. In the end, the goal is to create a pavilion that has net zero impact and that serves as a prototype for a new, truly sustainable, way of thinking about design and construction.

The 2013-2014 competition will be the fourth City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition. The third pavilion, Head in the Clouds (http://, is currently being designed by StudioKCA, and will be constructed this summer for the 2013 season. 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.

The confirmed jurors for the 2013-2014 City of Dreams Pavilion competition are as follows:

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

Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Partner, Situ Studio, will serve as a design mentor to the finalists and winning design team.

To register and for more information, visit

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