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In late 2013, Chris Fremantle and Heather Claridge at Glasgow City Council put together a steering committee in Scotland with the idea of bringing the Land Art Generator Initiative to Glasgow. The project really began to take shape under the guidance of our project partners: Glasgow City Council, Scottish Canals, ecoartscotland, Bigg Regeneration, and Creative Carbon Scotland.
The design site was identified in late 2014 at Port Dundas—a beautiful drumlin along the Scottish Canal and elevated with views to the City Centre and West Glasgow. Community design workshops had already identified a vision plan into which the ideas behind the Land Art Generator Initiative merged nicely, and a conceptual masterplan was in development.
LAGI Glasgow was the perfect opportunity to begin—at just the right stage in the masterplanning process—to fully integrate renewable energy infrastructure as a fundamental component of the site plan, using open space as a great project resource and the sustainable systems as an artful public amenity that gives back in more than just environmental benefit, but also activates spaces, stimulates healthy economic development, and provides the city with a landmark icon as a symbol of a commitment to green (the project coincided with Glasgow's Green year 2015).
In August of 2015 an event brought forward the city's most talented artists, designers, architects, to meet each other at an information session that preceded an open call for expressions of interest from local creative practices. Twelve joint ventures responded, most of which included the perfect interdisciplinary cohort of artists, architects, landscape architects, renewable energy experts, and poets (we love Scotland).
Three local teams were selected in October and in November they were each paired with one of three past LAGI biennial competition participants, Peter Yeadon from LAGI 2010, Matthew Rosenberg from LAGI 2012, and Riccardo Mariano from LAGI 2014. The results of these three collaborations are really quite amazing and point the way forward for the highest standard of excellence in renewable energy design at a utility scale.
This June we were pleased to be able to announce the project selected to go forward into detailed design for construction in coordination with the ongoing masterplanning process. Wind Forest is a simple and elegant solution that incorporates a new wind energy technology into a wonderful ecological artwork and engaging city park that will mark the skyline of the city.
Wind Forest, by Dalziel + Scullion, Qmulus Ltd., Yeadon Space Agency, and ZM Architecture
The other two entries as equally as wonderful, which gave the selection committee a very difficult task.
Watergaw, by ERZ, Riccardo Mariano, and Alec Finlay
Dundas Dandilion, by Stallan Brand, Matthew Rosenberg, Pidgin Perfect, and the Glasgow Science Festival
Heather Claridge (Glasgow City Council, Senior Project Officer, Forward Planning, Development & Regeneration Services) makes opening remarks at The Lighthouse exhibition reception on June 9, 2016. The Wind Forest team was announced the winner of LAGI Glasgow.
The Wind Forest team was announced the winner of LAGI Glasgow at The Lighthouse in Glasgow on June 9, 2016. Artist Louise Scullion spoke on behalf of her team about the artistic concept behind the Wind Forest proposal.