Design Guidelines

Download the official PDF version: 2014 LAGI Design Competition Design Guidelines
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The 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative, in partnership with Refshaleøen Holding and our other project partners, calls on artists and designers to submit proposals for a pragmatic art installation for the design site at Refshaleøen, located across the water from the iconic Little Mermaid Statue. A qualified entry must fulfill the following requirements and be developed to a concept design level of detail.

A qualified entry to the LAGI 2014 design competition must fulfill the following criteria:

      - Consist of a three dimensional sculptural form that has the ability to stimulate and challenge the mind of visitors to the site. The work should aim to solicit contemplation from viewers on such broad ideas as ecological systems, human habitation and development, energy and resource generation and consumption, and/or other concepts at the discretion of the design team;
      - Capture energy from nature, convert it into electricity, and have the ability to store, and/or transform and transmit the electrical power to a grid connection point to be designed by others. Consideration should be made for artfully housing the required transformer and electrical equipment within the project boundary and restricting access to those areas for the safety of
      visitors to the site;
      - Not create greenhouse gas emissions and not pollute its surroundings. The work must not impact the natural surroundings negatively. Each entry must provide a brief (approx. 300 words) environmental impact assessment as a part of the written description in order to determine the effects of the project on the natural ecosystem and give reference to a mitigation strategy addressing any foreseeable issues;
      - Be pragmatic and constructible and employ technology that can be scalable and tested. There is no limit on the type of technology or the proprietary nature of the technology that is specified. It is recommended that the design team make an effort to engage the owners of proprietary technology in preliminary dialogue as a part of their own research and development of the design entry. The more pragmatic the proposals are, the greater the likelihood will be that one of them may get built;
      - Be well informed by a thorough understanding of the history, geography, details of the design site, and the broader contexts of Refshaleøen, Copenhagen, and Denmark;
      - Be safe to people who would view it. Consideration must be made for viewing platform areas and boundaries between public and restricted areas;
      - Be designed specifically to the constraints of the design site at Refshaleøen as shown in the Location Plan (available for download);
      - Designs must not exceed 125 meters in height;
      - Entries must be in English and metric scale.

Annexes (supplemental downloads)




Some of these ZIP files are large. Please try and download with a direct and reliable Internet connection.
PHOTOS.zip (116MB)
AERIAL.zip (216MB)


This ZIP file includes:

    • Meteorological Data
    • Information about Refshaleøen
    • Copenhagen Climate Plans
    • Danish Climate Plans

UPDATE JANUARY 15, 2014: Topografi-og-historie.pdf—This document contains some topographic information for the surrounding City and some very interesting Copenhagen City geographic history (Danish-language). The actual design site at Refshaleøen is almost completely flat (reclaimed land).
UPDATE FEBRUARY 9, 2014: SoilSurveyInformation.pdf—This document contains information from soil test borings that have been historically performed on the site. It is in Danish and LAGI is unable to assist with interpretation or translation of this data.

Jury and Selection


Connie Hedegaard
European Commissioner for Climate Action

Tina Saaby
City Architect of Copenhagen

Lars Aagaard
Director, Danish Energy Association

Jason F. McLennan
CEO, International Living Future Institute

Stig L. Andersson
Founding Partner, SLA; Creative Director, Professor

Nille Juul-Sørensen
CEO, Danish Design Centre

Kent Martinussen
CEO, Danish Architecture Centre

Christian Herskind
CEO, Refshaleøen Holding A/S

Steen Christiansen
Mayor, Albertslund Municipality

Else Marie Bukdahl, Dr. Phil.
Danish Art Historian, Ålborg University

Agnete Fog
Chairman of Green Cities 2014-2015

Sharon Chang
CEO and Founder, Yoxi and BOLD; NYU Trustee

Chris Fremantle
Co-Producer, Public Art Scotland, and creator of ecoartscotland

Matthew Rosenberg
Founding Partner, M-Rad and 2nd Place Winner LAGI 2012

Michael Singer
Principal, Artist and Designer, Michael Singer Studio


      Adherence to the Design Guidelines and Submission Requirements;
      The integration of the work into the surrounding environment and landscape;
      The sensitivity of the work to the environment, and to local, and regional ecosystems;
      The estimated amount of clean energy that can be produced by the work;
      The way in which the work engages the public;
      The embodied energy required to construct the work;
      The perceived return on capital investment of the work, judged by the complexity of the design in relation to the energy it produces each year;
      Consideration of additional sustainable infrastructural benefits of the work besides energy production;
      The originality and social relevance of the concept;


Refer to Prizes, Terms and Conditions



JANUARY 1, 2014
Announcement of call to teams

JANUARY 1, 2014 to APRIL 1, 2014
Open period for questions

MAY 18, 2014
Deadline for submission

JUNE and JULY 2014
Selection and Jury Process

Announcement of winner and award ceremony
Public exhibit of selected entries

Questions & Answers

Q+A Document Compiled as of April 1, 2014:


Instructions, Prizes, & Terms and Conditions



Submissions will be accepted until May 18, 2014 at 23:59 (11:59pm) GMT.


There are no restrictions on team size and/or makeup. The competition is open to everyone, but is in particular aimed at artists, urban planners, architects, landscape architects, and engineers. It is recommended (but not mandatory) that the team be comprised of interdisciplinary members so as to arrive at the most well-conceived result but we also recognize that great ideas can spring from individual efforts as well.

As an international design competition, the Competition is open worldwide to professionals, any member of the public, and to students. An Entrant may either make a Submission individually or as a team (“Entrant”). Each team shall identify one team member as its Point of Contact (“Point of Contact”) during the upload process.

The following are excluded from participation in the competition:

    All persons or businesses who are or were involved in the organization of the competition or have contributed significantly to formulating the competition design guidelines.
    Representatives or employees of the competition promoter.
    Employees with, partners of or employees of any member of the jury or adviser to the jury.
    Persons who are close relatives of or have a close familial relationship with any member of the jury or adviser to the jury.
    Enterprises that are wholly or partly owned by persons who are close relatives of or have a close familial relationship with a member of the jury or adviser to the jury.
    Any employee, volunteer, or board member of Society for Cultural Exchange or the Land Art Generator Initiative.

No matter how a person is involved in the preparation of an entry, he or she must be aware of the above rules. In case of doubt, contact lagi@landartgenerator.org.

SCE shall direct all Competition-related communications to the Point of Contact. Any awarded prize funds shall be distributed to the Point of Contact of the winning Entrant.

A team (Entrant) may be composed of a group of otherwise unaffiliated individuals and/or represent an existing organization, firm, or agency. There are no age restrictions.

Unless awarded a prize pursuant to the rules herein, no Entrant shall receive or be entitled to receive any payment or monies as a result of a Submission or for granting SCE any right herein or associated with the Competition.


Register your team by creating an account (see the link in the sidebar).
Under Log In, click Register. Enter your username and email address. You will receive a password and confirmation via email. We recommend that you register the first time you visit the site. This way you will stay informed of all LAGI 2014 competition updates via email.
If you encounter any difficulties, please email lagi@landartgenerator.org and we will register you manually.
Registration is free. Donations are greatly appreciated. (tax-deductible in the USA).


      • Exactly three (3) A1 size layout boards (PDF only).
      A1 size is based on the international ISO 216 standard (594mm × 841mm).
      Each layout board may not exceed 8MB file size.
      Nowhere on the layout boards or written description file can there be any personal identifying information. The jury will see these boards and we must maintain anonymity of the entries. You can show your 8-character code on your boards, but this is not required.
      Layout boards must all be landscape in orientation (for consistency in jury review).
      • One (1) DOC or TXT format text file containing: a 1,200-word maximum written description, technology used in your design, estimate of the annual kWh (kilowatt-hours) generated by your design, dimensions, and list of the primary materials used in your design, and a 300-word maximum environmental impact statement.
      Do not include any identifying information in the written description file.
      We recommend that you come up with a title for your artwork in the written description, but it is not required.
      • Three (3) to eight (8) JPG (300 dpi) image files (without text) or simple diagrams. These should be the same images used in the layout boards. Images can be any orientation and dimension, but must not exceed 20MB each in file size. The purpose of these image files is to facilitate the production of the book with Prestel Publishing. The top 50 submissions will be published in this book for release in fall of 2014. Please note that we might contact you for more images for the purposes of publication and exhibition. CMYK is preferred, but not required.
      • For examples of layout boards, you can visit:
      LAGI 2010 Portfolio/ and
      LAGI 2012 Portfolio
      • Language must be English


      • Teams may submit only one entry to the competition. Individuals may not be on more than one team.
      • Be sure that no personal identifying information is visible on any of your layout boards, written description, or JPG images.
      • Name each file with an 8-character code of your choosing, then underscore, and then the number of the layout page or image.
      11BB3344_1.pdf, 11BB3344_2.pdf, etc. (for your layout boards)
      11BB3344.doc (for your written description)
      11BB3344_1.jpg, 11BB3344_2.jpg (for your text-free images or simple diagrams)
      (do NOT use the example code above)
      • Go to: landartgenerator.org/designcomp and log in.
      • Click “Upload Submission” in the menu above. You will need to be registered and logged in.
      • Upload your files using the online form. Locate each of your PDFs, JPGs, and your text file on your local computer by clicking “Browse” in each upload field. Click the “Upload” button and then proceed to the next field. Make sure that your email address and all other team information is correct, and that all required fields are completely filled in. This is the information we rely on for publications.
      • Please be patient while each file upload is in process and do not navigate away from the page.
      • When finished, you will have the opportunity to continue to a confirmation page where you will find links to all of your files as well as a summary of the team information that you have provided. You will also receive an email with this same information.


First Place: $15,000 (USD) Two members of the first place winning team will be flown to Copenhagen for the award ceremony and exhibition opening. Accommodations and airfare will be provided, but Visas and other travel requirements are the responsibility of the team members.
Second Place: $5,000 (USD)


The following supersedes the General Criteria and the Terms + Conditions in the PDF document


Land Art Generator Initiative design competition ("Competition") is a project of Society for Cultural Exchange ("SCE") and is administered solely by SCE. The award money is a cash payment from SCE to the winning designer and is not related to costs of detailed design or construction of the work. There is no guarantee of any of the submitted designs being constructed.

Entry to the Competition is prohibited by Competition judges, their domestic partners, immediate relations, and direct employees. The terms "judge" and "juror" are interchangeable in the context of the Competition. Both terms refer to those individuals listed in the design guidelines document as jurors.

Participants cannot reveal the identity of any LAGI 2014 design submission or share any images or ideas pertaining to any LAGI 2014 design submission to any member of the LAGI 2014 Jury, LAGI 2014 competition partner organizations, or LAGI 2014 administrative team. By submitting a proposal, each competitor automatically affirms compliance with the competition requirements, rules and guidelines and agrees that any violation will result in immediate disqualification from consideration.

Subject to any limitation herein, any design and intellectual property undergirding a submitted entry ("Submission") remains the property of the participant or participating team ("Entrant") and may be used for their own purposes. Entrants are solely responsible for protecting the intellectual property of a Submission.

SCE shall treat a Submission as being eligible, under U.S. Copyright law, to be entered in this Competition, and that Entrant has the right to submit the Submission.

By entering the Competition and without more, each Entrant grants to SCE and the Land Art Generator Initiative an unlimited and irrevocable license to copy any Submission as well as to use the Submission in any way that SCE deems appropriate, including educational, commercial, or any other use. More thoroughly, without further authorization or any compensation owed to or due any Entrant, Entrant grants and authorizes, and SCE shall retain, a perpetual, non-exclusive royalty-free license to use any Submission, or any revision, alteration, change, or similar thereof, at the discretion of SCE, for any purpose, including displaying any Submission by any means anywhere in the world, including in any media which may include displaying a Submission on an Internet website, in a book, and for publication for resale and in museums worldwide, the term of which shall be the entire life of any copyright. Accordingly, Entrant waives any right to SCE's use of Entrant’s Submission in any way. Unless otherwise provided, Entrant retains all rights to their Submission, provided however that SCE may modify, change, alter, or amend the format of the Submission.

The Entrant shall be credited either by collective (team or design firm) name or by individual name(s) at their discretion in all publications and exhibits following the jury decision. By submitting a design, the Entrant agrees to provide SCE with the right of first refusal to the exclusive use of the design for the purpose of exhibition, publishing and promotion.

Though SCE shall make commercially reasonable efforts to display appropriate and customary credit lines on any Submission displayed or otherwise featured following the jury decision, SCE shall have no affirmative duty to do so. Thus, Entrant waives any “moral rights” associated therein.

Should Entrant be unwilling or otherwise unable to enter into any license, or provide any authorization, permission and release, or otherwise cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason, or, if in the discretion of SCE, Entrant is not eligible to receive a prize, the Entrant with the next highest score may be chosen from the remaining Entrants until one who is able to meet all requirements can be selected.

Entrant may not sell, resell, assign or transfer any of their rights in their Submissions, or participation in the Competition, and any act deemed so by SCE will result in a disqualification.

Upon request, any Winner agrees to and shall participate to the best of their ability in any publicity and promotional activity surrounding the Competition.

The Entrant agrees to allow SCE to use the submitted design in discussions and negotiations with developers, planners, funders, and municipalities in an effort to have the design detailed and constructed.

In the event that SCE exercises the option to use the rights for production (detailed engineering and construction of the winning design) on an exclusive basis and without time limitations, Land Art Generator Initiative shall enter into an agreement with the Entrant and with the owner/developer of the constructed work, the terms of which shall be determined entirely by those agreements.

SCE reserves the right to cancel or suspend the Competition for any reason, including those causes beyond SCE's control that could corrupt the administration, security or proper participation in the Competition.

SCE assumes no responsibility for technical or other conditions including any failure of the online uploading function and/or email transmission that prevent the timely receipt or the judging of a Submission from any Entrant.

The Submission and the design therein must be kept confidential by the Entrant until the results of the Competition are announced publicly.

Submissions that have already been made public, are found to plagiarize any existing design, that may harm public safety, or that are found to infringe on the intellectual property rights of others will be disqualified.

Noncompliant Submissions shall be disqualified. SCE is under no obligation to notify the Entrant of a Submission’s disqualification.

If any award-winning Submissions are found to fall under any of these categories later, the award will be cancelled and the prize money withdrawn.


The competition material comprises the guidelines document and the annexes listed below, as well as questions and answers, and any messages provided to the competition entrants directly from lagi@landartgenerator.org.

    00 Design Guidelines (PDF file)
    01 Location Plan (ZIP file containing DWG and PDF)
    02 Photos (Multiple ZIP files)
    03 Supporting Documents (ZIP)


All Submissions shall be vetted for eligibility and strict adherence with all Competition Rules and Criteria as defined herein or in any associated Competition Guidelines (or similar).

Jury review shall be preceded by a shortlisting process in coordination with Partners and informed by community events and public feedback. The shortlisting process shall proceed at the discretion of SCE. Entrants will not be notified of their status with regard to shortlisting.

Jurors shall have no access to the identity of the Entrant but shall refer to the Submissions by their unique 8-digit identification code.

The Jury shall identify through their deliberation a First and a Second place winner. First Place will receive $15,000USD in award money. Second Place will receive $5,000USD in award money. Accordingly, SCE will notify the First Place, Second Place, and Shortlisted entries (“Winners”). SCE reserves the right to change any rubric related to or in identifying any Winner.


By, through, or concerning any Submission, or any revision, alteration, change, or similar thereof, any use thereof, or through participation in the Competition in any way whatsoever, Entrant agrees to release, indemnify, defend, and hold harmless any Party from any liability, any claim for damages, and/or suit for or by reason of said Submission.

As a further condition of entering this Competition, Entrant acknowledges and agrees and therefore covenants not to sue or make any claim against any Party related to an Entrant’s Submission, or any use thereof, and therefore: a. Under no circumstances shall or can the Entrant be entitled to any award for any loss or any damages, which include attorneys’ fees, thereby precluding Entrant from any punitive, treble, multiplied, incidental, consequential, and any other damages. b. Any dispute, claim and cause of action arising out of or connected with this Competition, or any prizes awarded or potentially awarded therein, shall be resolved without resort to any form of action or class action. c. Should an Entrant choose to bring a claim against SCE, or any Party and should any provision herein or a part of a provision thereof not survive legal judgment, Entrant must submit to binding arbitration of SCE's choosing. Should the Entrant fail to prevail on its claim in any forum, the Entrant shall pay SCE's or any Party’s reasonable attorneys’ fees and its costs.

European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard calls for creativity in the conception of renewable energy infrastructure.

Nille Juul-Sørensen, CEO Danish Design Centre talks about how creatives everywhere are breaking deconstructing preconceived notions of professional and academic disciplines in the context of engaging design.

Claus Hovmøller Jensen, Plan & Rental Manager at Refshaleøen, talks about the unique qualities of the LAGI 2014 site.