“FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY LAUNCH DESIGN COMPETITION Call for Proposals: City of Dreams Pavilion

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 2011 summer season on the island, called the City of Dreams Pavilion.
Website: http://newyork.figmentproject.org/opportunities/call-for-proposals-city-of-dreams-pavilion/
Type: International Design Competition
Registration Deadline: January 15, 2011
Submission Deadline: February 01, 2011
Open to: All design enthusiasts
Entry Fee: $20 Student, $50 Individual, $80 Group
Award: The winning design will be constructed on Governors Island, summer 2011.

The 2011 pavilion will be the 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.

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, more than 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.

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 entire lifecycle of building materials in their submission, from preconstruction through disassembly.

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.
FIGMENT is a forum for the creation and display of participatory and interactive art by emerging artists across disciplines. FIGMENT began in July 2007 as a free, one-day participatory arts event on Governors Island in New York Harbor with over 2,600 participants. Since then, FIGMENT has grown significantly each year—in number of projects, duration, participants, volunteers, fundraising capability, exhibitions, locations, overall level of commitment and participation, and public support.
In 2010, the FIGMENT event on Governors Island had nearly 25,000 participants, over 400 works of interactive art, and a volunteer team of over 300. In addition, FIGMENT created a season-long exhibition of 16 large-scale interactive sculptures and an artist-designed minigolf course. In addition, 2010 marked the first year that FIGMENT worked with ENYA (the Emerging New York Architects Committee of the AIA New York Chapter) and SEAoNY (the Structural Engineers Association of New York) to host a design competition to create an arts pavilion on the island.

FIGMENT is a project of Action Arts League, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and is created and produced by a coalition of volunteers. FIGMENT is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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.

About SEAoNY
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, lectures and seminars with the aim of addressing 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.