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Call for Proposals: City of Dreams Pavilion – due 4/15/12

City of Dreams Pavilion is a competition to design and construct an architectural pavilion for the 2013 summer season 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 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.

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 registration deadline is April 15, and the deadline for entries is May 1, 2012.

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