The 2013 City of Dreams Pavilion is now on display for all to enjoy, and I was honored to be a member of the jury that met this past week to review more than 70 entries for the 2014 pavilion.
FIGMENT, a free participatory arts event held in multiple cities and attracting tens of thousands of participants each year, teams 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 host a competition to design and construct an architectural pavilion on Governors Island called the City of Dreams Pavilion. The 2013 pavilion, which is the third City of Dreams Pavilion, is called Head in the Clouds and is now on Governor’s Island (and pictured here) in New York through September 22.
Head in the Clouds was designed by designers Jason Klimoski, AIA, and Lesley Chang of Studio Klimoski Chang Architects. As described by Klimoski and Chang: All of the materials are recyclable, and the designers worked with schools and local organizations, including New York Road Runners and NYCRUNS, to collect the 53,780 milk jugs and water bottles needed to create Head in the Clouds. The designers discovered that New Yorkers throw away 53,780 plastic milk jugs and bottles each hour. In the pavilion, the jugs were used to create 120 “pillows” that give the cloud its bumpy, organic shape. The bottles, accentuated with organic food coloring and water, create the interior’s blue hue. The structure’s armature is made from 1.5-inch aluminum tubes. Contract Managing Editor Murrye Bernard volunteered this past spring on the construction of the Head in the Clouds pavilion, and she wrote about it here.
Entries for the 2014 pavilion were reviewed by a jury on July 13. The competition is a two-stage process, in which the jury reviews initial submissions and selects finalists. The finalists will receive comments and will have the opportunity to revise and enhance their proposals. Selection of the competition winner is slated for late 2013.