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Announcing: The 2016 City of Dreams Competition Winner

A distinguished jury has selected the winning design in the sixth annual City of Dreams Pavilion Competition:

Hanger Barn by Folio (Youngsu Lee and Bosuk Hur)

Hanger Barn Rendering by Folio

Pending approvals and fundraising, this temporary art structure will be assembled on Governors Island and open to the public for the summer 2016 season. 

The annual 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.

Folio promises to construct the 2016 pavilion, Hanger Barn, out of used wire coat hangers sourced from dry cleaning facilities and other places of reuse around the city. Jury member Benjamin Jones, designer of the FIGMENT Treehouse that has appeared on Governors Island for the last five summers, says he’s excited because, “It takes something entirely non-structural and makes a structure out of it.”

Folio’s proposal for the Hanger Barn turns recycled clothes hangers into a pavilion using modular design techniques. It also creates the illusion of motion due to the placement of the hangers in fractal patterns, which create shadow effects on the ground below that change with the movement of the sun. The modular design is composed of the hanger’s original triangle shape, rotated and paired with mirrored segments that connect with zip ties. The intention is for the materials to be reused after disassembly at various sites around New York City. 

Folio will work with FIGMENT, ENYA, SEAoNY, and Governors Island to select the exact site for Hanger Barn, refine the design, obtain necessary approvals, and fabricate and install the pavilion on the island.

FIGMENT is accepting tax-deductible donations to support the fabrication, installation, and maintenance of the pavilion on Governors Island for the 2016 summer season. Donations can be made by following the link here: The project will likely also be launching its own funding campaign.

Check out our webpage for more information on the City of Dreams Pavilion!

Summer-Long Minigolf and Sculpture Programs Now Accepting Submissions!

Calling all artists! Submissions are now open for two 2016 summer-long programs: Minigolf and Sculpture

FIGMENT NYC hosts a number of summer-long programs on NYC's Governors Island. From June through September you will find these wildly creative, original exhibitions on the island. They are all FREE for the public to enjoy and interact with while the island is open. We are currently accepting submissions from artists who want to participate in these exciting programs in 2016.

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Call for Submissions: 2016 Pavilion of Dreams!

The City of Dreams Pavilion summer-long program is now accepting submissions for the 2016 competition!

The Pavilion is a gathering place, a site for people to learn about the arts programs on the island, enjoy performances and lectures in the shade, and interact with the historic context of Governors Island.

FIGMENT teams with the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects NY Chapter (AIANY) and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) to host this annual competition. The challenge: design and construct a temporary pavilion on Governors Island that meets the criteria outlined here.

We ask entrants to consider how to construct a temporary structure efficiently and sustainably—to create a pavilion that has net zero impact and serves as a prototype for a new, truly sustainable approach to design and construction. Entries are encouraged from individuals or teams of architects or non-architects of any age or experience level, provided they are prepared to carry out the project. 

These eye-catching structures are always highlights of the FIGMENT NYC season, and the 2016 contest winner will be our 6th Pavilion!

Do these beauties look familiar?

Billion Oyster Pavilion(c) 2015 Anthony Collins Billion Oyster Pavilion by BanG StudioOrganic Growth Pavilion(c) 2015 Melanie Rieders/Gothamist Organic Growth by Izaskun Chinchilla Architects

They're the 2015 winners, currently installed on Governors Island through the summer.

More information about the program and submission guidelines can be found here.