The challenge is deceptively simple: how do you take something old and make it new again? Despite being located right inside of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the New York State Pavilion has been off-limits to the public for years, except for one special event in 2014. This new design competition aims to drum up inspirational redesigns that can transform the architectural icon into a usable public space for current residents. Additionally, the contest has a forward-thinking requirement, as entries will also be judged on their sustainability considerations for future generations.
The competition is presented by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and People for the Pavilion, and sponsored by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. Entries are already being accepted, with full proposals displayed on the competition website, and site visitors are invited to vote on their favorites. So far, the entries are mostly recreational in nature, ranging from a hotel to a public swimming pool to a laser tag stadium. As of the time of this report, the most popular entry calls for renovating the pavilion into a public park and exhibition space.
The design competition is open to anyone over the age of 13, and international submissions are encouraged. The deadline for entries is July 1, 2016, so get those ideas in people!