New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition


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On March 1, People for the Pavilion and the National Trust for Historic Preservation launched the New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition, an “anything goes” approach to radically reimagine one of New York City’s most iconic buildings and a defining landmark of Queens.

A Philip Johnson-designed masterpiece, the Pavilion was the shining star of the 1964-65 World’s Fair, charming millions of visitors who flocked to Queens for the two-year celebration. After decades of disuse and deterioration, this one-of-a-kind structure is poised for a dramatic comeback.

Through this competition, People for the Pavilion, the Trust, and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz seek to raise awareness worldwide of the Pavilion and its future, and to engage the residents of Queens in re-imagining one of its most significant assets.

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In an effort to reduce the usual barriers to entry around competitions, People for the Pavilion and the Trust are hosting on-the-ground programs throughout neighborhoods in Queens. Run by Queens-based placemaking organizations RPGA Studio and Hibridos Collective, residents are connected with artists, designers, and planners who can help participants represent their ideas.

Winners will receive cash prizes, and the competition will be followed by an exhibition of the best ideas at the Queens Museum in August. Read more at the deadline for submissions is July 1!

Image Credit: Sakeenah Saleem