Designed by Architect Philip Johnson, the structures debuted to the world on April 22, 1964 and quickly became among its most popular attractions.
As for the Future of the Tent of Tomorrow, there is much debate about what to do with it now.
The pavilion’s 16-100′ tall concrete columns (which are still in good shape) supported a then “state of the art” 50,000 sqft foot translucent, multicolored fiberglass tile.
Tearing it down will leave a space that many will fight over for years. Restoring it will create a tourist attraction in my opinion not worth visiting.
Here is a suggestion:
The roof can made with solar panels that open an close and provide energy to the city. The walls made of ETFE can enclose a vertical farm that produces food. The structure can be designed to collect water which can be used for a number of things. Add a wind turbine too.
Who pays for it? We do. Who benefits? We do.
The Fabric Structure of Tomorrow should be a machine for Living, Teaching, Researching, Producing, Growing and Enjoying. Its more than just shade.