The City of Dreams Pavilion

The annual City of Dreams Pavilion competition is hosted by FIGMENT, 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). The City of Dreams Pavilion, so named for its focus on the future of a world that faces strains on both economic and natural resources, aims to promote sustainability-oriented thinking amidst the architecture and design communities. The competition requires designers to consider the environmental impact of their designs in everything from materials sourcing to disposal (or ideally reuse) of waste at the end of the season.

The City of Dreams Pavilion is a gathering place for people to meet, learn about the arts programs on the island, 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?

Click here for a link to this year's competition finalists! 

**Unfortunately, there will not be a City of Dreams Pavilion on Governors Island this year. While Hanger Barn by Folio Architects won our 2016 City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition—in partnership with the Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) committee of the AIA NY Chapter and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY)—the project will not be appearing on the island this year due to a dispute between the winning design team and a former collaborator. We hope to launch our 2017 City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition in the next few weeks… Please stay tuned!

Past Pavilions:

2016 Jury:

  • Megan Chusid, AIA, Associate Director of Facilities, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • Lizzie Hodges, Guy Nordenson and Associates
  • Ben Jones, Artist
  • Philip Nobel - Editorial Director, SHoP Architects
  • Anne Rieselbach, Program Director, The Architectural League of New York
  • Weston Walker, AIA, LEED AP, Design Principal, Studio Gang Architects
  • Ekaterina Zavyalova, CDR Studio (2014 City of Dreams Pavilion Winner - Governor's Cup)
  • SLO Architecture Co-Founder and Principal Alexander Levi, AIA, will serve as a design mentor to the finalists and winning design team.