Figment is one of my favorite events in New York City. It is a non-commodified, completely volunteer run, participatory arts festival on Governors Island in June. Hundreds of artists and over 10,000 visitors come together to celebrate the gift of interactive creativity. Participation begins now as a committed group of friendly artsters lays the groundwork for making it all happen.
For my part in 2010, I am working on running a new design/build competition for a summer-long pavilion. Entries are already starting to come in. The winning piece of architecture will provide a shaded location for planned or impromptu performance and gathering, located in the City of Dreams. In considering the context of time and place it will have an ecological outlook on its material stream and historic moment, looking forward to a beautiful future. It is destined as a reminder of the accomplishments born of collaboration and material re-use, while existing as a temporary place that will be reborn with ever greater potential each year.
The City of Dreams Pavilion competition is a collaboration of Figment, Emerging New York Architect Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY). The deadline for registration is February 8, 2010.