Climate change and Sandy inspired the design of City of Dreams 2014 Pavilion. SURGE will not only be used for performances, lectures, and play space, but will also serve to provide the public information about future flooding and climate change.
SURGE will be an interactive installation allowing he public to place water cups onto the chain link skin of the structure. We hope to recruit a water supplier and plastic cup manufacturer to provide the visitors with H2O during the hot summer months. The used plastic cups will be placed in the surface of the pavilion by the visitor. The number of visitors will be measured by the number of cups on the surface. As the summer months pass the pavilion will be covered more and more until it is fully complete.
The materials are chain link fence and fence rails that will be fabricated into panels that will become the structure. The structure is then draped with chain link fence. We will collect fencing materials from the vast number of construction sites in NYC and surrounding boroughs. After the pavilion is dismantled the panels will be made into benches and placed in the new traffic islands in Manhattan’s avenues. The chain link panels will be made off site in Long Island City metal shop and will be erected on site.
After the structure is complete the draping of the structures skin will be adhered to the structure using typical fencing brackets and screws. The structure is relatively low tech and can be erected with non skilled labor. The Pavilion will be erected and dismantled by Pratt Architecture students. There are 138 panels measuring 8’x2’ and 100 linear feet of chain link fence will be needed. A wood surface made of reclaimed flooring from construction sites will be used as seating surface and will be reused on the benches on the traffic islands. All materials will be transported to the site via Coursen Ferry.