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FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY LAUNCH DESIGN COMPETITION
Call for Proposals: City of Dreams Pavilion
New York City, March 16, 2012 - FIGMENT, one of Governors Island's key cultural partners, has teamed with the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) to sponsor a competition to design and construct an architectural pavilion for the 2013 summer season on the island, called the City of Dreams Pavilion. The registration deadline is April 1, and the deadline for entries is May 1, 2012. More information about the project can be found here: http://figmentproject.org/pavilion. The 2012-2013 pavilion will be the third City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition. The Living Pavilion, designed by Ann Ha, Assoc. AIA, and Behrang Behin, Assoc. AIA, was built in 2010; and Burble Bup, designed by Bittertang, was constructed in 2011.
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.
- 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
Type: International Design Competition; Open to: All design enthusiasts
Registration Deadline: April 01, 2012; Submission Deadline: May 01, 2012
Entry Fee: $20 Student, $50 Individual, $80 Group
Award: The winning pavilion design will be constructed on Governors Island, summer 2013.
About FIGMENT, Governors Island
FIGMENT catalyzes and celebrates an abundance of creativity and passion, challenging artists and our communities to find new ways to create, share, think, and dream. FIGMENT's annual participatory arts event began in New York City in 2007 and has expanded to include events in Boston, Detroit, and Jackson, Mississippi. In New York, FIGMENT hosts an annual summer‐long exhibition on Governors Island that includes an interactive sculpture garden, an artist‐designed minigolf course, and an architectural pavilion co‐presented with ENYA and SEAoNY.
FIGMENT is a 501(c)(3) not‐for‐profit organization entirely funded by grants and individual donations. FIGMENT accepts no corporate sponsorship of any kind. FIGMENT is supported by public funds from the National Endowment of the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, as well as by the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. FIGMENT Boston is produced with support from the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, the designated stewards of the Rose Kennedy Greenway and site of FIGMENT Boston. FIGMENT Jackson is produced with support from the Greater Jackson Arts Council.
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 2011, nearly 450,000 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.
About ENYA, AIA New York Chapter
It is the goal of the Emerging New York Architects Committee to encourage membership, participation, and leadership in the AIANY Chapter among intern architects, young architects (licensed 10 years or less), and emerging professionals in the fields of design and construction. The committee engages NYC's diverse emerging design professionals through lectures, design competitions, and networking opportunities, with a focus on Professional Development, Design Excellence, and Public Outreach.
The AIA New York Chapter is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Chapter's members include over 4,600 practicing architects, allied professionals, students, and public members interested in architecture and design. The AIA New York Chapter is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach, and professional development.
SEAoNY is a member organization of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations. Presently, 39 states and the District of Columbia have structural engineers' associations, the largest of which is SEAOC, Structural Engineers Association of California, which was founded in 1930 and presently has approximately 4000 members.
The association sponsors workshops, panel discussions, and seminars to address topics of interest and concern to structural engineers. Our membership, which is over 500 members, includes individuals from most major structural engineering design firms in New York State.
SEAoNY also reaches out to other professionals, outside the engineering community, who work in related fields with common interests. Currently, 10% of our membership are affiliate members who come from a variety of disciplines such as geotechnical, civil, construction management and architecture.
The purpose of SEAoNY is to advance the art of structural engineering in New York by improving the flow of ideas and building the community of colleagues.
Jessica Sheridan Assoc. AIA
New York NY