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The City of Dreams 2011 PAVILION

27/12/2010 by architectural competitions

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 2010, over 400,000 people visited the island through its summer season (early June to mid October) 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, one of the 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 2011 summer season on Governors Island, the City of Dreams Pavilion. The 2011 pavilion will be our second City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition. The result of our first design competition, in 2010, was the Living Pavilion, designed by Ann Ha, Assoc. AIA, and Behrang Behin, Assoc. AIA.

We are excited to announce we are now accepting entries for The City of Dreams 2011 Pavilion competition!

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.

Register here or read more!

To Submit a Proposal:
1 Register by January 15, 2011. The fee to enter is a tax deductible donation to FIGMENT, which will be applied to the costs of building and maintaining the winning entry, as follows:
• Student entries – $20
• Individual entries – $50
• Group entries – $80
After you have registered you will receive a link to download a submission packet with the City of Dreams Pavilion 2011 Design Guide and reference images of Governors Island, the 2010 Living Pavilion, and FIGMENT projects that have been built previously on the island.

2 Submit your City of dreams Living pavilion proposal by 11:59pm ET on February 1, 2011.

3 Our jury will meet and we will notify all finalists by March 1, 2011.

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. Attribution of the winner and finalists will be given based on the names of the individuals who enter, rather than to any firm with whom they are affiliated.

Proposal Criteria

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.
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.

We anticipate that the pavilion will be installed in FIGMENT Terrace, a courtyard surrounded on three sides by Liggett Hall, and directly through an archway through the building from Colonels Row, where many summer concerts and events take place. For the last three years, FIGMENT Terrace has been home to FIGMENT’s season-long exhibitions: a Minigolf Course and an interactive Sculpture Garden, and we anticipate that these exhibitions will be returning in 2011. Final placement of the pavilion is, however, subject to change and discussion with the Trust for Governors Island upon selection. We have included CAD plans and aerial photos in the City of Dreams Pavilion 2011 Design Guide for your use in preparing your proposal.

Project Timeline
Registration and submissions open: December 1, 2010
• Registration deadline: January 15, 2011 (11:59pm ET)
• Deadline for proposal submission: February 1, 2011 (11:59pm ET)
• Notification of finalists, with comments: March 1, 2011
• Finalist proposal revisions due: March 31, 3011
• Selection of competition winner: April 15, 2011
• Installation start: May 1, 2011
• Installation completion: by June 4, 2011
• Summer Season 2011 on Governors Island: June 4-October 9
• FIGMENT NYC event on Governors Island: June 10-12, 2011
• De-Installation: after October 9, 2011 (dates TBD)

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  1. Ayoub says:

    Overall RatingFoodServiceAtmospherePrice/ValueRomanceSuitable for ChildrenOur dinner at the Garden Grill on Saturday, September 10, 2011 was staretd off with a welcome from Farmer Mickey, Pluto, Chip and Dale. All of the characters gathered on the upper tier of seats and waved to waiting guests. One lucky family was chosen to be the first family in the restaurant and had their photos taken with all four of the characters together.The restaurant opens at 4 PM daily and our reservation was at 4:10 PM. We were seated shortly after 4 PM. A chef came out and spoke to us about our allergies and what was safe for us to eat. Disney has implemented this policy in all of their restaurants. We staretd with pomegranate lemonade that was delicious. Our family style salad was served next. The chef pointed out that most of the ingredients were grown in the Land pavilion.Our main dish was served family style on a long rectangular plate. We had the fish omitted from our plate. The turkey was tender and juicy and served with a wonderful cranberry orange relish. The mashed potatoes were thick and creamy. The rice pilaf was fluffy and complimented the flank steak. We asked for seconds and received them promptly. We also had a side order of the kid’s Mac and cheese with the crush Gold Fish crackers on top. It was perfect. Dessert consisted of a fresh cobbler. Today it was a berry cobbler with fresh whipped cream.Throughout our meal the restaurant slowly rotated. We were able to enjoy the entire rotation during our meal. The characters were fabulous. They took ample time at each table joking and interacting with guests at the table. During this visit, every character, except for Chip visited our table twice.This hidden treasure eatery is one of our family’s favorite restaurants. The hospitality is outstanding. It is a perfect family meal to all sit together and have the characters and food come to you. I would highly recommend the Garden Grill.

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