FIGMENT, AIANY-ENYA, SEAoNY and NYC asked the World: '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?'
We answered: 'A future which is colourful, hopeful, and optimistic, with structures based on nature, a future made from reused umbrellas and bike wheels and open to everyone!'
They agreed! We are the City of Dreams International Competition Winners. Let's create the future together!
If you live in NYC and want to join us to make this happen sign up to volunteer here.
Since 2010, 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) have hosted a competition to design and construct the ‘City of Dreams’ Pavilion on Governors Island, NY. The theme of ‘the City of Dreams’ looks to the future - of cities, people and crucially, to our relationship with materials and the sustainability of our environment.
They asked entrants to consider how architecture and design can address these concerns through the materials, practices and relationships they embed within their design.
Our winning design takes inspiration from nature to create an innovative and flexible solution that directly engages with local communities and familiar materials. Flower structures such as those found in hydrangeas have the ability to respond to the natural environment, growing and morphing to remain in balance with nature. We believe architecture must adopt a similar responsiveness, adapting to uncertain budgets, social change and ecological dynamics naturally, beautifully and intuitively.
Our proposal is intended as a sheltered gathering place for 50 or more people to meet, learn about the arts programs on the island, engage with performances or lectures, and the historic context of Governors Island.
The structure is composed of tree shaped supports and domes. They are distributed to form 2 rings. The bigger dome is in the centre and the outside ring ties the structure together supporting the horizontal forces from the central dome. The final design provides visitors with the opportunity to rest, dance and talk under a bouquet of flowers. The presumed wastefulness of the redundant materials is transformed by this thoughtful design into an oasis of tranquility and beauty.
THIS IS HOW WE'LL MAKE IT:
To reduce the uncertainty faced by a construction made out of waste material and put together by volunteers, we built a full scale mock-up for part of the pavilion. The prototype has now been outside for more than 4 months, allowing us to accurately predict the performance of the final construction on Governors Island, and any difficulties volunteers might face. We've developed a structural scheme and assembly process based on our previous experience building a full-scale mock-up.
Below are images of us creating our prototype.
THE FOLLOWING STEPS:
1. COLLECT THE MATERIALS. Now the team is collecting donated and recycled materials (bike wheels, car rims, tripods, umbrellas...) from lots of businesses throughout NYC.
2. PRE-FABRICATION OFF THE ISLAND. After cleaning the collected materials the pavilion will be pre-assembled in sections.
3. ON SITE INSTALLATIONS. These sections will be transported by ferry to Governors Island. Once on the island all the sections will be installed and connected together.
NEW LIFE AFTER DISASSEMBLY:
The proposed design employs commonly found materials, giving them a new life after they have become unfit for their original purpose.The design utilises broken umbrellas, photographic tripods and damaged bicycle wheels, which several institutions in NY are already recycling.Like mop-head flowers, the Pavilion itself is composed of many smaller elements, all of which can be dismantled and reused after the summer.
Branches composed of several umbrellas and tripods, can be easily reused as sun, wind and rain protection in outdoor spaces all around the city. Larger elements can become beautiful indoor chandeliers and both elements can be useful for community centres or NGOs.
Because FIGMENT is a not-for profit corporation, building community through participatory arts, all of their resources come from donations and fundraising efforts like this one.Though Figment been able to raise a portion of the cost for the materials and insurance through their previous cultural activities, they still need your contribution to raise the rest of the money and buy fundamental provisions of tools and materials.
Unless we can use this campaign to gather much more than the minimum pledge, Izaskun Chinchilla Architects won't receive any fee for their work. The experience of meeting the City of Dreams and Figment community is our only, yet huge. compensation!
We need funds for storage, transportation and travel; organisation of the services and work within the island; maintenance of the Pavilion (it will be up for four months!); and then, of course, the disassembly.
The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London has considered this project a research case and is generously funding part of the trips and subsistence of the team in NY but we are far from what is required.
As an European architecture firm, we also have to deal with additional costs: our teams flights, accommodation and subsistence. The estimated amount is around $12,000, which is not included in the $20,000 minimum pledge. Many people support and enthusiasm have made us feel this is possible!
We are making such an energetic effort because we LOVE THIS PROJECT AND REALLY BELIEVE IT IS WORTHY! So if you want to help us a bit more, please continue backing even after reaching the goal!
There is another way to support the project, being part of the team! Public participation, the heart of the project, has already begun. If you live in NYC and want to join us to make this happen sign up to volunteer here.
Check all the reward and choose which one you like the most!
-Pop-up cards: Thinking about you pack.
Laser-cut rings, cufflinks and bracelets.
-Rings and cufflinks: Think about me pack, Light my fire pack, Treat yourself pack and Part of it pack.
-Bracelets: Embrace me pack, Treat yourself pack and Part of it pack.
Necklaces and pocket squares.
-Necklaces: Warm me up pack, Treat yourself pack and Part of it pack.
-Pocket squares: Embrace me pack, Treat yourself pack and Part of it pack.
Glasses and scarves.
-Glasses: Conspiratorial look pack a Treat yourself pack and Part of it pack
-Scarves: Warm me up pack, Treat yourself pack and Part of it pack.
Key holders and glass decorations.
-Key holders: Embrace me pack, Treat yourself pack and Part of it pack.
-Glass decorations: Light my fire pack, Making it memorable pack, Party with us pack, Treat yourself pack and Part of it pack.
Candle containers and nightstand lamps.
-Candle containers: Light my fire pack, Making it memorable pack, Treat yourself pack and Part of it pack.
-Nightstand lamps: You are my sunshine pack, Treat yourself pack and Part of it pack.
3d printed objects.
-Rings and cufflinks. Making it memorable pack and Tie the knot pack.
TEN FINAL REASONS TO CONTRIBUTE.Contributing with this campaign:
1. You are allowing the 500,000 visitors of Governor’s Island to enjoy their moment of the day, resting and chilling under a bunch of flowers.
2. You are promoting civic activities such as concerts or storytelling attended by 150,000 people of all ages over summer weekends.
3. You are contributing to the promotion of environmentally friendly lifestyles: cycling, recycling and reducing energy consumption can be really cool!
4. You will promote urban art as a civic expression of democratic values. Note: You will also help people not to forgot about Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution!
5. You will promote material recycling among architects.
6. You will support thoughtful technical research on redundant structures and capacity design.
7. You will support entrepreneurship among young Spanish architects suffering the hardest economic crisis of the century.
8. You will promote Latin culture in New York.
9.You will support one of the very few architectural international offices founded and directed by a women.
10. You are allowing me and my son Lope to travel together and make long-term breastfeeding compatible with international architectural practice!
SPECIAL THANKS TO : FIGMENT, AIANY-ENYA and SEAoNY for trusting and supporting us!. Also special thanks to the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL (London), they have considered this project a research case and partially funded our trips!, they are a continuous source of support and inspiration. NYC and its citizens for the great welcome and the support! Talleres Antonio Abellán. Volunteers and Pavilion Team for their efforts, hard work and dedication! Thank you very much friends!
And thank YOU so much for checking out and supporting our project! We can't do it without you!
Risks and challenges
Building a light construction on a windy island made by volunteers out of recycled materials involves a long and diverse list of risks.
Doing it 3,600 miles far from home where you don't have a place to work, a vehicle to transport the materials, your cell phone and you don't have family friends and colleagues around is even more risky. If this all is happening in the second most expensive city of the world in terms of accommodation...the adventure becomes a real financial challenge for a small independent practice!
It is good that this big adventure has come when the office is very technically capable: we have already built more 3,000sqm of public and private buildings with really challenging designs.
But what makes this doable is having you on board: join us and build the biggest and coolest bunch of flowers ever seen in NYC, one of the biggest and coolest cities around the world!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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